Water

Now this is a sight for sore Capetonian eyes. One of the biggest weekly increases in recent memory has been recorded for the Cape Town dam levels in the past seven days. The combined total for all of the Mother City’s facilities has jumped up by a remarkable 7%, taking them to 59.59% full.

Everyone’s a winner this week: Theewaterskloof dam even managed to get itself above the 50% mark – it’s now officially more than half-full. Elsewhere, the dams serving the Western Cape as a province reached 45.42%, enjoying their own scarcely-believable increase: The region has enjoyed a 6.04% rise since the first day of July.

The great news follows the development of several cold fronts that have swept across the Cape since the end of June. Four significant rainfalls have completely changed the landscape for the Cape Town dam levels, which were closer to 40% than they were 60% just two weeks ago.