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Cape Town Rainfall is drying up.

Yesterday I spoke to a young woman who was already fearing her next water bill because as she said, “It’s only the start of August and I’ve been needing to water my garden for 2 weeks.” This is not the first statement on this matter that I’ve heard in that past few weeks.

Another comment that I’ve heard from avid gardeners is about their trees. Trees that usually only start to push out their buds for blossom in spring are already bearing blossoms. They tell me nature always knows best and that an early blossom and the growth of tender shoots is a sign that it will be a short dry winter.

From a historical point of view Cape Town enters into a drought cycle on average every 6 years. The last time we were faced with such a dry winter was in 2004. This would mean that a drought cycle is to be expected if not this year, the next.

I took the liberty to find out how much rain has fallen this year and came across the Department of Water Affairs website. This clearly shows that Cape Town rain is drying up.

Rain fall pattern

Western Cape rain fall pattern

From the trend of graph it is clear that the Western Cape, including Cape Town, is entering a below normal rainfall cycle. We can also see that the red line (2009/2010) is lower than that of any previous years.

If your are unsure what this means or how severely this will be affecting you, then you probably not that worried about water outages, restrictions and your summer water bill. However if this is a concern contact your Water Rhapsody dealer for a free quote, consultation or water Audit.

5 comments to Cape Town Rainfall is drying up.

  • […] A running tapMany have been ecstatic that Cape Town had such great weather while the world came to visit us this June/July – but now that spring has sprung a little earlier than normal and warmer weather approaches the reality that the rest of the year may be a dry one starts to set in. See the chart on Cape Water Solution’s blog post. […]

  • Hi there,

    I referenced this post in an article that I wrote about water shortage in the Western Cape. May I please ask where you got the rainfall stats from?


  • Hi Paul
    The link is for the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) even though they are now called the Department of water and Environmental Affairs (DWEA). Just select the province you would like to look at.

    PS. Great pic.

  • mark chadwick

    Cape Towns long term water problem or potential problem will only be solved by desalination and hiking the tariffs of the very high uses and not by banning washing of cars by hose pipes as commercial car washes use far more water and the water comes from the same source. The problem will also not be solved by limiting days on which people can water, people will always cheat or not be aware of what the restrictions are! I could start on about swimming pools but I will leave that for another day! Desalinate, hike prices and the problem will be solved. Many thanks Mark!!

  • Desalination could definately seen as the last resort. However it is important to understand that desalination is still extremely costly and a large consumer or electricity. Unless South Africa investes in large scale renewable energy, which does does not require water compared to coal/nuclear power stations, desalination may not be sustainable.

    Increasing the price of water would change many water habits and this is an essential ingredient to a sustainable future. This would also stimulate an attitude of water conservation / water saving which will benefit every generation to come.

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