Theewaterskloof Dam, the city’s main source of water, resembles a sandy wasteland, in recent pictures posted on social media.
Adrian Flack posted photos of the dam on his Facebook account after visiting the dam this past weekend. What he saw is a stark reminder of the devastating drought the Cape province is going through.
A curtain of sand blows across the dusty plain that used to be filled with water. Dry vegetation and dead trees protrude from beneath the parched river banks. There is no sign of life.
The dam, located on the Sonderend River near Villiersdorp, is the Western Cape’s largest source of water, supplying more than 50% of Cape Town’s water. The dam currently sits at 11% capacity, while the city’s average dam level is at 24.4%.
The City of Cape Town announced the postponement of Day Zero to 9 July, giving residents 139 days before they queue for water when taps are turned off.
Rain is forecast from Friday onwards in the Western Cape, according to SA Weather Service.
Have a look at the pictures below:
Pictures: Adrian Flack