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Knysna receiving welcome Rainfall

Knysna and the Garden route are receiving some very welcome rainfall. Knysna received close to 30mm over a recent 24 hour period. The total rainfall for this month is 46mm with more good rainfall predicted later in the month. It is estimated that for every 100sq/m of roof area and every 10mm of rain you are able to collect 1000 litres of rainwater into a water tank. There are a lot of roofs that could have filled a 5000 litres water tank this month. There are many residents in Knysna […]

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A Guide to Water Tanks in South Africa

Water tanks are devices storing harvested rain from roofs. Rainwater tanks are installed to make use of rain water for later use, reduce on ones reliance for mains water use both for economic and environmental reasons but especially to aid self-sufficiency. Rain is really distilled water precipitating after condensing at high altitude where temperatures are low. It matters not whether water falling from the sky is rain, hail, sleet or snow, it is all water and may be harvested. The following is a guide to rain water tanks and rainwater […]

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Worst drought in 130 Years

Dire water shortages from rivers running dry in the Eastern Cape and the central and southern part of the Western Cape, in what AgriSA terms the “worst drought in 130 years”, have focused attention on the lack of regional infrastructure plans and a regulating authority to oversee water pricing. Emergency measures have had to be taken, including trucking in water and a planned desalination plant at Knysna to avert a disaster facing mainly dairy and vegetable farmers, who have dedicated supply lines to retail outlets but have cut back on […]

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Parts of the Western Cape have been classified as local disaster areas

Parts of the Western Cape have been classified as local disaster areas because of drought, the provincial Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Department said today. “The Eden District is still gripped by a serious drought,” said MEC Anton Bredell said. “The National Disaster Management Centre has classified the drought as a disaster.” Parts of the Eden district, Mossel Bay, George, Knysna and Bitou had been declared local disaster areas. Bredell said that although it had rained in the past two weeks, rainfall remained at a historic low. “There […]

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