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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:56 pm 
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No. That was 2014. We still have a spell o go, for most of the country.
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Drought broken?


My post above just revived an old thread. Everything before my post was 2014.

Good luck. I think the drought in Oz lasted nearly 10 yrs. Although some parts of the country wasn't affected.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:09 pm 
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The damage from flooding aside, this seems like a promising amount of rain coming...especially in the mountain areas.

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The City of Cape Town's disaster risk management centre has been placed on alert after the South African Weather Service issued an advisory warning of localised flooding on Monday evening.

Disaster risk management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said a cold front was expected to make landfall late in the afternoon.

Rainfall of 5mm to 20mm could be expected, with 20-35mm over the western mountains, she said.

"Rain is expected mainly for the western parts of the Western Cape, spreading to the south coast late evening. According to the forecast, 5-20mm can be expected for the western parts, with 25-30mm over the mountainous areas," she said.

Heavy downpours, pooling and flooding in parts of the Cape metropole, Winelands and Overberg district were also possible, Powell warned.

"Morning showers are still expected for [Tuesday], clearing in the afternoon. A cut-off low is expected to approach from the west on Wednesday, bringing rain for the western parts of the Western Cape in the evening, into Thursday morning."

"Heavy downpours, flooding and strong winds may be expected in places over the Cape metropole, Winelands and Overberg district. Minor to possibly significant impacts can be expected."

The disaster risk management centre as well as other City departments were on alert for "any incidents that may require a response", Powell said. She advised the public to report weather-related risks or incidents to its emergency communication centre on 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:50 pm 
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Nothing happening yet in Blouberg.
It never does. Huge storm rolls through, get a few drops and it passes on. It's do bad I normally see clouds all around us in a circle and sun overhead. This looks a bit more promising though


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It's miserable out. More a drizzle with strong wind. Best thing about these storms is that once it subsides you can walk along Blouberg beach as a family outing and look for Megladon teeth. I have a good collection already


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:13 pm 
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I have a brother-in-law living in Blaauwberg. Might visit them this winter.


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Any good rains to report?

Seeing so many good videos from SA about rivers flowing, etc. Just not sure if it's in the areas that actually need it the most.


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Rain a bit over night. Cape Town needs a seven day non stop rain like in the past.


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I bless the rains down in Africa


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I bless the rains down in Africa

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:57 am 
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Thanks assfly....great rains this morning.

All my tanks are overflowing . My garden is flooded. My pool is overflowing into the Garden......

The mission for the next week is to empty half my tanks for the next rains and to backwash my pool which I haven't done in ages.


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Saw some crazy pictures of Tableview beachfront this morning. Almost seems like an optical illusion to have water everywhere, seems a shame much of it will end up back in the sea.

My mother sent me a message at 4:00am this morning she was so happy it was raining.

Very happy for the residents of Cape Town, I hope it continues all winter :thumbup:


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Saw some crazy pictures of Tableview beachfront this morning. Almost seems like an optical illusion to have water everywhere, seems a shame much of it will end up back in the sea.

My mother sent me a message at 4:00am this morning she was so happy it was raining.

Very happy for the residents of Cape Town, I hope it continues all winter :thumbup:


This!

We got about 55mm last night. Crazy.

Hopefully it rains like that all winter to replenish the water table and fill up some dams in the mountains.


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We had about half our annual rainfall in thirty days. The water table is very high. little seepages breaking out on the koppies. Waterberge ... Bushveld is amazingly beautiful, now ...

Even so our town dams are still not full.


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Excellent news. :thumbup:


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Very pleased to hear about the rain.


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Wont be long before peoples homes get flooded and everyone's out praying that it should stop raining.


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Wont be long before peoples homes get flooded and everyone's out praying that it should stop raining.



People will be people. Different wants and needs, always.


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So many videos on FB showing dry rivers starting to flow, etc. Great stuff.


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Incidentally, a Saffa friend of mine here told me that the other day we had the same rainfall in one day in Nairobi what Cape Town had the whole of last year :shock:


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Any weather updates from our locals?


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Snow on the mountains.


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Snow on the mountains.


Which mountains?


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Any weather updates from our locals?


We had some soft rain every week for the last few weeks but not enough to affect the levels of the dams yet


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Any weather updates from our locals?


We had some soft rain every week for the last few weeks but not enough to affect the levels of the dams yet

Cheers jens


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I am emptying my tanks as they were overflowing. Use it for washing and then after the garden. My grass is looking like it will make a full recovery with extra grass seed and top dressing. For a family of 4 we are only using on average 4.5kl of municipal water a month. Which translates to 33 l a day per person. My pool is close to overflowing and I might have to start pumping that onto the garden soon too.

There is plenty of water around if you collect it. I haven't gone off the grid as it is very expensive to fit filters inline and it's not necessary yet.


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I am emptying my tanks as they were overflowing. Use it for washing and then after the garden. My grass is looking like it will make a full recovery with extra grass seed and top dressing. For a family of 4 we are only using on average 4.5kl of municipal water a month. Which translates to 33 l a day per person. My pool is close to overflowing and I might have to start pumping that onto the garden soon too.

There is plenty of water around if you collect it. I haven't gone off the grid as it is very expensive to fit filters inline and it's not necessary yet.

So with things in your area overflowing are the reports that dam levels aren't rising accurate?


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Jensrsa wrote:
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Snow on the mountains.


Which mountains?

Lesotho. Let me put it this way I'm not close to any mountains but I'm freezing my balls off. Today is a bit better but from Monday it was proper winter up here. Came very suddenly as well.


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Average Joe wrote:
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Snow on the mountains.


Which mountains?

Came very suddenly as well.



Julle Vrystaters is ook fokol gewoond nie...


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I am emptying my tanks as they were overflowing. Use it for washing and then after the garden. My grass is looking like it will make a full recovery with extra grass seed and top dressing. For a family of 4 we are only using on average 4.5kl of municipal water a month. Which translates to 33 l a day per person. My pool is close to overflowing and I might have to start pumping that onto the garden soon too.

There is plenty of water around if you collect it. I haven't gone off the grid as it is very expensive to fit filters inline and it's not necessary yet.

So with things in your area overflowing are the reports that dam levels aren't rising accurate?


no boet. I just have an efficient collection and storage system.
Don't waste a drop. All grey water goes into my garden and any rain thst falls on my roofs goes into my tanks. Simple aa


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Sards wrote:
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I am emptying my tanks as they were overflowing. Use it for washing and then after the garden. My grass is looking like it will make a full recovery with extra grass seed and top dressing. For a family of 4 we are only using on average 4.5kl of municipal water a month. Which translates to 33 l a day per person. My pool is close to overflowing and I might have to start pumping that onto the garden soon too.

There is plenty of water around if you collect it. I haven't gone off the grid as it is very expensive to fit filters inline and it's not necessary yet.

So with things in your area overflowing are the reports that dam levels aren't rising accurate?


no boet. I just have an efficient collection and storage system.
Don't waste a drop. All grey water goes into my garden and any rain thst falls on my roofs goes into my tanks. Simple aa

So do you have a lot of fluff and gunk in your flower beds?


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occassionaly. But I put Stockings over all my hose ends from washing machine and over my one way valve that goes to my pump. And I work from a 200l drum next to the washing machine which does all the filtering. The drum does get fluff.

The soapy water breaks down the clay in my soil and gets rid of an underground cricket that buries into the soil. They make a racket and the dogs dig up the ground to get to them. With the soapy water they dissapear.

Doing washing is a mission. Pump water from tanks into the 200l drum. Do washing. Connect outside hose to pump. Pump to garden. Not easy but I get 150l onto the grass that would have gone down drain


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It poured down in rural Zululand yesterday.
Fvcking Ford Ranger is shit in the mud.


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Sards wrote:
occassionaly. But I put Stockings over all my hose ends from washing machine and over my one way valve that goes to my pump. And I work from a 200l drum next to the washing machine which does all the filtering. The drum does get fluff.

The soapy water breaks down the clay in my soil and gets rid of an underground cricket that buries into the soil. They make a racket and the dogs dig up the ground to get to them. With the soapy water they dissapear

Sards, will the soapy water not damage your soil in the long run? Salt build up? Asking because I'm doing more or less the same as you.


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occassionaly. But I put Stockings over all my hose ends from washing machine and over my one way valve that goes to my pump. And I work from a 200l drum next to the washing machine which does all the filtering. The drum does get fluff.

The soapy water breaks down the clay in my soil and gets rid of an underground cricket that buries into the soil. They make a racket and the dogs dig up the ground to get to them. With the soapy water they dissapear

Sards, will the soapy water not damage your soil in the long run? Salt build up? Asking because I'm doing more or less the same as you.

We have a thick layer of clay below our soil. I need to break it up. When I get energy I dig a hole 1m round x 2m deep to get rid of the clay and fill with building rubble to make a French drain so when it rains the water drains through the clay to the aquifer below. Otherwise it just runs off the top. Done 3 of these holes already. My back...

I had to do these French drains because my back garden floods with the rain and clay and my pool gets filled with soil and grass run off from the flooding and that's a mission to clean.
Worst of all we are a little lower than our neighbours so all the rain running off their lawns comes into my backyard


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Sards wrote:
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Sards wrote:
occassionaly. But I put Stockings over all my hose ends from washing machine and over my one way valve that goes to my pump. And I work from a 200l drum next to the washing machine which does all the filtering. The drum does get fluff.

The soapy water breaks down the clay in my soil and gets rid of an underground cricket that buries into the soil. They make a racket and the dogs dig up the ground to get to them. With the soapy water they dissapear

Sards, will the soapy water not damage your soil in the long run? Salt build up? Asking because I'm doing more or less the same as you.

We have a thick layer of clay below our soil. I need to break it up. When I get energy I dig a hole 1m round x 2m deep to get rid of the clay and fill with building rubble to make a French drain so when it rains the water drains through the clay to the aquifer below. Otherwise it just runs off the top. Done 3 of these holes already. My back...

I had to do these French drains because my back garden floods with the rain and clay and my pool gets filled with soil and grass run off from the flooding and that's a mission to clean.
Worst of all we are a little lower than our neighbours so all the rain running off their lawns comes into my backyard

Might have a bit of clay in my soil as well, but mostly I think it's just compacted. Bought a manual aerator, but fcuk me, it's hard work. Soil needs to be wet to soften up before I can use the aerator, then I need to water again so that the water can penetrate.


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Sards wrote:
occassionaly. But I put Stockings over all my hose ends from washing machine and over my one way valve that goes to my pump. And I work from a 200l drum next to the washing machine which does all the filtering. The drum does get fluff.

The soapy water breaks down the clay in my soil and gets rid of an underground cricket that buries into the soil. They make a racket and the dogs dig up the ground to get to them. With the soapy water they dissapear.

Doing washing is a mission. Pump water from tanks into the 200l drum. Do washing. Connect outside hose to pump. Pump to garden. Not easy but I get 150l onto the grass that would have gone down drain

When you say grey water do you mean only your washing machine or all drain water except toilets?


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Sards wrote:
occassionaly. But I put Stockings over all my hose ends from washing machine and over my one way valve that goes to my pump. And I work from a 200l drum next to the washing machine which does all the filtering. The drum does get fluff.

The soapy water breaks down the clay in my soil and gets rid of an underground cricket that buries into the soil. They make a racket and the dogs dig up the ground to get to them. With the soapy water they dissapear.

Doing washing is a mission. Pump water from tanks into the 200l drum. Do washing. Connect outside hose to pump. Pump to garden. Not easy but I get 150l onto the grass that would have gone down drain

When you say grey water do you mean only your washing machine or all drain water except toilets?

Bath, basin, shower and washing machine. No kitchen water and no toilet water.


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Knew someone that did kitchen water and his garden was a mess. Oily gunk all over the show. Bathroom is difficult though as you use a lot of different products there. Soap also builds up over time and can also cause stains.


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Knew someone that did kitchen water and his garden was a mess. Oily gunk all over the show. Bathroom is difficult though as you use a lot of different products there. Soap also builds up over time and can also cause stains.

AFAIK bathroom water are fine (mainly for grass I think), as long as you use normal water every now and again. Oily kitchen water will mess up your garden.


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