Cape Town rainfall, a garden / landscaping nightmare

September 9, 2010

Cape Town gardeners will resort to desperate measures this summer to protect their landscaping form extinction. This is because Cape Town’s rainfall has now entered a lower that average rainfall pattern (Drought cycle).

Cape town is now experienceing a lower than average rainfall

In the grips of a drought cycle (source: DWAF)

For those of us with good memories we will still remember the concerning water restrictions Cape Town faced during the summer of 2004. This is a historic drought cycle that challenges Cape Town every 6 years. This year is certainly no exception the rule.

After the previous drought cycle The City of Cape Town dammed up its last river (Berg River) in an attempt to provide sufficient water for its residents in the years ahead. Although the general consensus among water conservationists is that this additional supply is by no means sufficient to supply Cape Town with water for the dry summer months. What makes the matter worse is that the dams around Cape Town have not filled to capacity due to the low winter rainfall.

Cape Town residents can expect an increase in water charges by at least 30% this season if not worse as water restrictions are enforced. As a means to cut back on costs household will seek alternative ways to irrigate their garden. The popular solutions to the water crisis is to find a free source of water. This includes sinking a wellpoint or irrigating with greywater. However wellpoints are well know to run dry during drought cycles as the winter rains have not recharges the ground water levels.


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