After the drought: Cape Town’s gushing water


Berg River’s sluice open, as dams fill up

The Berg River Dam, which can hold 14% of Cape Town’s water capacity, is full, so the sluice has been opened. Photo: Nathan Geffen

In May 2017 we took photos of Cape Town’s dam levels at the height of the drought. This is what the Berg River looked like then:

And this is what it looked like on Saturday:

And below is what Theewaterskloof, which can hold more than half of Cape Town’s water at capacity, looked like in 2017:

It is now 95% full.

As of Monday, the Berg River dam and both Steenbras dams are full. Theewaterskloof, Voëlvlei and Wemmershoek are all well over 90%. The dam levels are at 96% of their total capacity, by far the fullest they have been in at least five years.   (source: City of Cape Town’s weekly dam report).

 

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