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And so it happened on Tuesday our telephone line went down and the fibre optic light changed from green  to red

Anyway, the service was restored today, however we remain under water rationing threats thanks to the drought and people who are water careless. To provide for a sudden 12 hour cut in water provision I keep 7 litres of water on hand in the kitchen. If worse comes to worse we can still have coffee, tea and cook a meal.

Emergency back up.

Going for the weekend, please enjoy.


It is amazing how one when caught in a true drought scheme and plan how to capture water and keep within the limits of the restrictions on the use of water. I altered a down pipe to divert the little water when we had drizzles as well as water collected from heavy dew to be captured in all possible containers available so that at least we could save some of the garden.

Harvesting water

The chain in the pipe is to insure the captured water flows into the container without splashing all over the place.

Rain clouds approaching and we did get some rain, albeit far less than what we wanted, only 7mm (.25 inches).

Level 4b water restrictions remain in place in Cape Town. That means we must try to use less than 87 liters (23 US gallons or 19 imperial gallons) per person per day. Thanks to the drought water is no longer a commodity, it has become precious.

Enjoy the evening.

The final phases before we got the water. Installing the borehole lining.

The primary pump installed

The secondary pump at the water storage tank

There we have it strong water and now to save what is left of the garden

Enjoy the day.

Water, more precious than gold.

The drought is really hitting us hard and we are under strict water restrictions pertaining to the use of municipal potable water like no washing of cars and gardens may only be watered by watering can or bucket for one hour on two days of the week and this must be done before 9 am or after 6pm.

This is what our lawn looks like at the moment.

They say we only have enough water at current use for 93 days left in the dams, but by then our rain season should hopefully be in full swing.

Enjoy the day.

Enjoying some relief in Cape Town from high temperatures and one of the worst droughts in decades.  Since early morning we are blessed with showers giving much needed rain to gardens all round. However, this rain is not near enough to bring any relief regarding the strict water restrictions placed on the Metropole. These restrictions prohibits the use of hosepipes, two days a week for a maximum of one hour gardens can be watered by bucket or watering can, no washing of vehicles and pavings.

Clouds building up raising hopes for rain.

Clouds building up

Last year this time our lawn was green. This what it looks like now.

Drought stricken lawn

We can only hope that more rain will be forthcoming and especially in the catchment areas to fill our dams that together is down to 40% of the capacity of their full volume.

In spite of the drought and strict water restrictions we still have some flower power.


Enjoy preparing for the weekend.

Being in the throws of water restrictions due to a prolonged drought sculpture erected the sculpture/art piece below at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to convey the massage to use water responsibly. Currently we are under a warning that we must expect a high volume rain overnight and tomorrow and flooding is possible.  We only hope that the rain will be at its heaviest in the catchment areas so that our dams can become filled.

importance of water

Mid-afternoon on 29 September the sky overhead looked ominous and threatening.  It was no empty threat and during the night rain bucketed down on us.

Storm on approach 29 Sept 2015

Winter is stubbornly clinging on with chilly low temperatures, especially after sunset.  However, Cape Town’s reservoirs are filled to less than 75% of its capacity and we desperately need more rain or face water usage restrictions during the summer of 2015/16.

Have a blessed day.

I am not referring to any IT programme, but rather to a number of Cape Town suburbs where the pipes bringing us our water are being upgraded after some twenty five years.  Replacement of the main pipes is the better term but we somehow speak of upgrading the supply system.  It is now more than a month that the work which the municipality contracted out to a private company is in full swing, or in more honest terms was started with verve and then became stagnant.  What we do have is an eyesore on the sidewalks and unexpected water flow interruptions when joins in the temporary polyethylene pipes (the thick black pipes in the pics below) become undone.  This weekend saw us go through two such incidents leaving us with a trickle of water or no water at all.  In both cases I called the municipality’s water and sanitation department and, although it was not their responsibility as it is contracted out, maintenance teams did arrive within a reasonable time and fixed the problems.  As my camera’s battery was on charge I could not photograph the flood of spouting water at our motor gate on Saturday evening.  Yesterday the problem that pounced on us shortly after Sunday lunch did not escape my camera’s lens.  I must mention that it was impossible to contact any person at the company responsible for the works.  Now a few pics of our waterworks in upgrading.

The sidewalk eyesore in broad sense

Red nets 1

A net seen close up

Red nets 2

Sunday afternoon’s water folly

Water leak 3

Water leak 1

Water leak 2

As the temporary stopcock for the water could not be found it was a rather soaked maintenance team that left after the situation was rectified and the flow of water to our homes restored.

Have a pleasant evening.