Drought-hit Cape Town rejoices at rainfall
SEE ALSO :Who is right on Ndakaini Dam ownership?The city has had low rainfall for three years. In January, local authorities slashed residents' water allowance to 50 litres (88 pints) each a day. That's enough for a very short shower and just one flush of the toilet when other needs - including just one load of the washing machine a week - are taken into account. So the rainfall on Friday came as a boon to many who saw their chance to store some extra water, for watering plants, flushing toilets or cleaning. Some people in Cape Town took the moment to feel thankful for the feel of the rain on their skin. One pastor, who had led prayer for rain in Cape Town, said his prayers had been answered.
SEE ALSO :Disputes mar water firm polls"It's a confirmation that I am a true prophet and whatever that I have promised Cape Town has come to pass," Paseka Motsoeneng said, complaining that the media had not taken his prayer seriously. Sadly for residents, it is unlikely that the shower will lift the city's water woes. They have been watching the date of the city's "Day Zero" move for several months. That's the day when taps will be switched off to private homes and residents will have to go to collection points for rationed water. Now, instead of April, "Day Zero" is projected to arrive on 11 May. But it is because farmers around the city have been using less water,not because of that small amount of rain.
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