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Prayer for rain in BCMM

Prayer for rain in BCMM

The Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality is issuing a warning to its residents that if there are no significant rain falls or water savings in the next few weeks, we will be going into drought.

On the 28th of June 2017, Council took a resolution to implement the first stages of water restrictions as per the Dam Operating Rules.

Unfortunately, the recent rains have done nothing to save the situation and the City is now predicting an imminent drought situation.

Consequently, the Wriggleswade dam, which is the backup dam for the City, has its levels declining at a rate of 1.6% per week, which means the municipality would be in the drought situation from the end of October 2017 if the rainfall does not materialise in the month of September and October 2017.

The Wriggleswade dam was activated after the City’s main dam the Bridle Drift and Nahoon Dams suppliers dams that supply water to East London, Mdantsane and surrounding areas recorded lowest levels below 40 percent.

The Department of Water and Sanitation started to release raw water from Wriggleswade Dam from the 1st of June 2017 as per the dam operating rules for the Amathole System in order to supplement raw water supply to Bridle Drift and Nahoon Dams.

The Metro in its efforts to raise awareness of the crisis, resorted to praying for rain on Sunday 24 September with the Executive Mayor Xola Pakati visiting the Immaculate Conception Parish Catholic Church in East London CBD to join Father Peter Whitehead in prayer for rain as the nation faces drought. Recent rains have done little to alleviate dam levels.

Pakati said, “Our dam levels are very low, our animals are suffering due to the scarcity of food. We are grateful for the space created for us to pray against the drought.”

Speaking to the congregation of the Catholic Church Pakati said that we need to come together as the City in an effort to save water and reduce the misuse of water in order to have more water in the years to come.

The City released a media statement calling on its residents to use water cautiously as there are strong possibilities that we are heading for drought.

In the upcoming Mayoral Imbizos which will be held early next month in King Williams Town, Mdantsane, East London and Ncerha, the Municipality will also be using the occasion to pray for rain together with all religious devotions.

 

 



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