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Source: PlanetLabs.
  • Recent rains in Cape Town have seen dam levels recover up to 72.7%, a stark contrast from 2017 when levels were a bleak 27.2%.
  • Using satellite imagery from Planet Labs, Business Insider tracked the transformation of the Theewaterskloof Dam from previous years - it is now 69% full.
  • While the Western Cape has seen good rainfall, it’s not enough to see the province escape its 3-year long drought by a long way.
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A massive cold front which brought gale force winds, bucket loads of rain and a sea foam party in Sea Point is helping to recharge dams in the Western Cape.

According to the City of Cape Town’s weekly water dashboard, as of 13 July dam levels are sitting at 72.7% - having shot up by an astounding 9.2% in just one week, thanks to a spree of cold fronts bringing rain and snow. 

At this same time in 2017, when the drought was at its peak, dam water levels were a staggering 25.7%.

Using satellite imagery from Planet Labs, Business Insider South Africa was able to track the incredible transformation of Theewaterskloof Dam as it changed over the last few years. 

Theewaterskloof Dam, Cape Town’s largest dam, is now almost 69% full. At the height of Day Zero in 2017 it teetered at a terrifying 10% - a year ago it was 51% full.

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City of Cape Town.

The SA Weather Service last week issued multiple warnings of chilly and wet conditions and gale force winds, which saw massive swells along Western Cape coastlines. It even resulted in an impromptu sea foam party in Sea Point on Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard on Monday.

The high winds also uprooted 25 trees, flooded and damaged properties and resulted in power outages in Philippi, Nyanga, Heinz Park, Rondebosch, Manenberg and Steenberg, reports News24.

Dam levels are not above pre-drought levels by a long way. According to the City’s year-on-year water storage records, since the drought the highest levels have peaked at just over 80% which happened towards the end of 2019. 

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City of Cape Town.


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