Cape Town has experienced downpours over the last few weeks, and images released by NASA has shown how Theewaterskloof Dam levels have increased. Water level readings from 16 July show indicate a 1.8% growth since last week – meaning that dams now sit at 55.1% full compared to last week’s 53.3%.
At the same time last year, dam levels were at an all time low of 26.0%. Theewaterskloof Dam, which just months ago held a water capacity of only 10%, has now filled up to 40.7%. This dam was used internationally to illustrate just how dire the Cape Town water crisis was. NASA On Wednesday released two images to show improvement at Theewaterskloof Dam since the start of the rainy season.
The animation makes use of Landsat (the Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellites) imagery, and shows the condition of the reservoir at two month intervals between 2015 and 2018.
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) July 18, 2018