Is Cape Town still in a Water Crisis?

The Mother City is world renowned for its unique, natural beauty and culture – it’s a very sought-after location for travel and it is easy to see why.

If you’re from around here, you’ll remember the time where we were all showering in 2 minute intervals and using grey water to flush our toilets, no doubt. The height of Cape Town’s extreme drought and the fears of ‘Day Zero’ looming feel both like it is in the distant past, and like it was just yesterday.

But are these days over? Do we no longer have to turn our showers on and off between shampooing our hair and rinsing it out? Can we still see the bottom of our largest sources of water – the dams?

As a little bit of history for those not from the Mother City, the Cape Town dam levels had been on a steady decline since 2015 but were at an all-time low during mid-2017 to mid-2018 where levels averaged around 15-30%. Water restrictions were placed on the city at multiple levels, each decreasing the amount of water each resident and business could use each day in order to ensure we did not reach ‘Day Zero’, where Cape Town would officially run out of water. Day Zero was averted, but just barely.

A year past the worst of it, Cape Town’s dams are now sitting at a whopping average of over 80%. That, along with the city’s residents uniting to change their habits of extreme daily water consumption per capita, as well as some much-needed rain this autumn, means we are officially in the clear. For now…

We have all fingers and toes crossed that another drought is not in our near future. Who else feels our sentiment?

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