SPECIAL NOTE: The weather in the world is getting worse each year…you might be the next to experience drought or too much rain and water! Enjoy it while you can…nothing is forever! Peace passion power, Steve USA Feb 10, 2018
Cape Town residents rejoice as rain falls on drought-hit South African city
Capetonians are currently limited to 50 litres of water per day
The Independent Online
Despite some rainfall on Friday night, Cape Town is still heading towards “Day Zero” when taps will be switched off. AFP/Getty Images
For many people, rain is bad news, but for the residents of drought-hit Cape Town in South Africa, it was cause for celebration.
Winter rains have failed to arrive for three successive years and the city has been edging closer to “Day Zero” when taps will be switched off.
Capetonians are currently limited to 50 litres of water per day and one rainfall is unlikely to change that. Day Zero is currently projected to arrive on 11 May.
But citizens welcomed Friday night’s 8mm (0.3 inches) of rain as a chance to gather extra water – and to simply enjoy a respite from the drought.
“Bless everyone that prayed,” wrote one Twitter user. “Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain…”.
Drought-hit Cape Town rejoices at rainfall
• February 10, 2018 BBC World NEWS
• When the forecasts turned out to be true and rain fell from the skies, the residents of Cape Town in South Africa rejoiced, thanked God and stood outside to feel the water on their skin.
In the drought-hit city, Friday night’s 8mm (0.3 inches) was long-desired.
Residents of the city have been under orders to save water meticulously to avoid the city’s taps running dry.
There is a very real chance that Cape Town will simply run out of water.
The city has had low rainfall for three years.
‘My wife doesn’t shower any more’
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. In a restaurant in Cape Town and suddenly the rain hits – everyone goes outside
One pastor, who had led prayer for rain in Cape Town, said his prayers had been answered.
“It’s a confirmation that I am a true prophet and whatever that I have promised Cape Town has come to pass,” Paseka “Mboro” 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.