- Torrential rains have been a welcome relief for many areas of the Cape, following a massive drought
- There has been an increase of 32% in the water levels across the Cape dams
- Theewaterskloof dam, which was facing a day zero water cut-off, has increased by 12%
For months, social media users have posted memes of how to do washing, bath, swim and do most other water-related activities with no water. While these have brought a few chuckles, the water crises in the Cape has been no laughing matter.
“Day Zero” cut-offs have come, been postponed by only days, and residents of the drought-stricken Cape have watched and waited for the day when there was just no more water.
Now torrential rains have brought a welcome relief to this parched province and local residents are rejoicing.
Social media users have taken to various platforms, posting videos of just how beautiful the dams are looking – with a little water. The South African shared some of these amazing sites.
Theewaterskloof was the poster child for the “Day Zero” drought, and was days away from reaching this target before the rains hit. It has now reached a 12% capacity, and this figure was recorded before Thursday’s massive storm!
It wasn’t that long ago that Briefly.co.za reported that Cape Town had been declared a disaster area. Cape Town residents faced using only 100 litres a day each, something which the City said it would enforce harshly. The City also allocated an additional R22 million towards staffing its front line water response teams who will repair leaks.
Massive storms hit the Cape on Thursday and predictions were in that there would be approximately 50ml of rain. Following on from the storm, reports are now estimating approximately 70ml of rain, an increase of 20ml from earlier predictions.
While there is still a shortfall of 68% of water in dams across the Cape, it wold appear the resident’s serious approach to water conservation has given these rains the chance they so desperately needed to start filling the dams.
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