After a few years of dry winter conditions, Cape Town’s dam levels have restored itself, and on the 17th of August, near the end of winter is recorded 84.0% full. It is incredible for the mother city, which has also been flagged a safe tourist destination open to international travel after the peak of the coronavirus has now passed.
Cases in the Western Cape have significantly reduced, with just over 5,000 cases active in the province in August, which is a positive step in the right direction to enable the city to return to normal with the summer months approaching. The mother city has recorded dam levels that have steadily increased since 2017 and 2018, with some dams filling up more than it did in 2019, and others recording just below 10% less than what was recorded in 2019. Either way, the province is doing better than ever, apart from the economic crisis that has been looming with the presence of the virus.
Dam Levels in August 2020
- Berg River – 100.5% (2019) and 101.2% (2020)
- Steenbras Lower – 100.6% (2019) and 91.7% (2020)
- Steenbras Upper – 98.8% (2019) and 100.9% (2020)
- Threewaterskloof – 71.1% (2019) and 80.7% (2020)
- Voetvlei – 85.1% (2019) and 76.6% (2020)
- Wemmershoek – 87.0% (2019) and 80.5% (2020)
Altogether, the dam levels accumulated 81.4% in 2019 in total, and 84.4% in 2020 thus far. Given that it is only the month of August, this number can increase, even more, resolving at least one of the Western Cape’s, especially Cape Town’s problems.
Looking at footage of the dams just two years ago and then again now, it’s incredible to see how the city has returned to normal and how the rains have graced the landscapes to restore what was lost for a brief moment.