Weather prediction data provided to Umgeni Water suggests that above average rainfall – or the La Nina effect – is expected in the East Coast region of KwaZulu-Natal from the end of spring and going into early 2021.
This comes as good news for the region, which experienced below average rainfall from October 2019 to July 2020; the exceptions to this phenomenon were November 2019 and April 2020 when a significant amount of rainfall was received, resulting in stabilisation of the levels of most dams in Umgeni Water’s operational area.
Projections of the La Nina effect and wetter conditions occurring in the Southern African region, including the East Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, have been made by the International Research Institute (IRI) and data from the South African Weather Service concurs with this scenario. Information relating to projections of above normal rainfall, from November 2020 to January 2021, was discussed at a risk analysis conducted by Umgeni Water last month and has
been factored into Umgeni Water’s planning of water resources for the vast service area of the organisation which is situated in the East Coast and the interior of KwaZulu-Natal.
Planning and management of water resources are contained in a quarterly report (May-August 2020), titled Status of Water Resources, that has been released by Umgeni Water to create awareness among municipalities and other stakeholders about the status of current and expected future water resources availability.