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.
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.