Saturday, June 10, 2006
We are thinking a lot about water here at the moment. Today is the last day we were allowed to water the gardens with hoses (already limited to three days a week, between 7:00pm and 7:00am). Of course, it's been raining lightly off and on all day, so I didn't actually need to water the flowers. Sadly, it's not been nearly enough to fill the dams, which are getting as low as 30%.
30% doesn't sound too bad, but when you look at the big picture it's very worrying. The last time they were full was 2000. Since then rain has been far below average. There is enough water to last 2 more years without rain in the catchment, then we are out of water. If we don't get soaking rain by September then we face stricter water restrictions, basically no outside water use at all. It is estimated that, to fill the dams we would need 200ml of rain. Today we have had about 6 ml. Little of that has fallen in the catchment areas.
We are praying hard for rain.