The recovery has been nothing short of a minor miracle since the dreader prospect of ‘day zero’ loomed over the Cape Town dams less than three years ago. Water rationing, supply fears, and political intervention ensured that the drought in the ongoing Mother City would be a tense affair. However, it’s all changed now Theewaterskloof dam has made a startling recovery.
Cape Town dams – photos from space
As the largest facility amongst the Cape Town dams, Theewaterskloof’s performance generally dictates how the rest of the system will perform. In the winter of 2018, things started picking up, and the reserve hasn’t looked back since. In the space of 33 months, it has gone from being 9% full to almost bursting its banks:
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Theewaterskloof had breached the 98% full mark – the same figure recorded by the Cape Town dams as a collective. The stunning transformation has been mapped by the European Space Agency (ESA), whose photos were shared by the AfriWX group on Thursday. Here’s what you came to see…
Theewaterskloof dam’s three-year recovery in photos:
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