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This video of Cape Town’s dams shows just how bad the water crisis really is

Cape Town is running out of water, there’s no denying that fact. This week, the City of Cape Town announced that dam levels are just over 35%, of which around 25% is usable.

It sounds incredibly dire, and that’s largely because it is. But words and numbers scantly do justice to the problem.

Somerset West Drone pilot NicRed, noted this and took to the skies above four of the city’s six largest dams — Steenbras Upper, Voelvlei , the Berg River and Theewaterskloof — to capture footage of the leaking water stores.

“I have been collecting this footage over the last 20 days so that I could package it in a short and sweet eye opener,” he explains in the video description.

Cape Town is running out of water, and this drone video shows just how troubled the city is

Interestingly, both Steenbras and Voelvlei actually contain more water at present than the same period in 2016. The biggest problem is Theewaterskloof’s levels. As the City’s most important dam, it’s down more than 15% on 2016’s levels.

Wemmershoek is also down more than 20% on last year’s levels.

Here are the dams’ current levels (as of 13 February 2017), including Wemmershoek and Steenbras Lower:

Steenbras Upper – 42.1%
Steenbras Lower – 42.1%
Voelvlei – 37.6%
Berg River – 45.5%
Theewaterskloof – 31.4%
Wemmershoek – 36.3%

With that in mind, have a look at the footage below.

Also, please, please, be water-wise South Africa.

Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn. More


  1. walter

    February 18, 2017 at 10:44 am

    to Show an empty dams and expect sorry and sympathy it is pathetic … take the money that our government waste and use it to create a desalination plants like the one in Israel….
    poor ignorant people you living next to a sea and you die of dehiadration…

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