Dam levels in Cape Town are slowly increasing, thanks to the rainfall in June. On Friday, the City of Cape Town announced that dam levels had increased to 33.7%, a rise from 31.8% recorded on Monday.

The good news is that more rain is forecast for this coming week, starting on Sunday.  Theewaterskloof Dam is expected to receive 14mm of rain from downpours on Sunday night – Steenbras upper and lower dams will record about 35 – 40mm over Grabouw and Sir Lowry’s Pass.

The rain is expected to continue into Monday and Tuesday, and clear skies have been forecast for Wednesday – followed by another rainy day on Thursday.

The City has cautioned residents to continue to save water and not get carried away by the rainfall, as Cape Town is still in a severe water crisis. New Water By-laws have also been put in place to ensure water restrictions are enforced.

The pictures below, taken by Benji Kahn, clearly show the difference this year’s rainfall has made, in comparison to last year. Kahn shot images of the same area a year apart.

In all these images, the first picture was shot on 16 June 2018 and the one below was shot on 24 June 2017.

 

 

 

 

Pictures: Benji Kahn

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Nidha Narrandes

Nidha Narrandes is a food-obsessed travel addict with 19 years of journalism experience. She is happiest on a road to nowhere without a plan. A masterchef at home, she can't do without chilli - because chilli makes the world a tastier place.