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Watch: The terrifying sight of a nearly barren Theewaterskloof dam [video]

This is absolutely terrifying.

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We know, we’ve told you: we’re in a serious drought. But, sometimes visuals just make a bit more of an impact.

The latest dam levels remain critically low with average levels at just 38.5% – the lowest it has ever been at the start of the dry season. With the last ten percent of the dams not suitable for usage, these images – and the video posted below – are pretty scary.

While the current levels are much higher than they were a few months ago, it is still critically low. The Theewaterskloof dam is at just 27.8%.

For context, this is the Theewaterskloof dam when it is fuller (image from Wikipedia).

The dire drought has led to scientists predicting a “total collapse of the system” by March 2018. Low rainfall for three consecutive years and a bunch of other factors have contributed to the state of disaster the region currently finds itself in.

However, many experts have pointed out that Cape Town was warned about the looming crisis, with warnings seemingly ignored. The situation is dire and unless there is a drastic change in behaviour, there is a very real possibility that there simply will be no water left.

Should “day zero” arrive, things will go south pretty quickly. Lack of water means lack of sewage removal, which will very quickly result in widespread disease.

So, with all this in mind, here is some footage of the current Theewaterskloof dam levels, taken from the Watershedding Cape Town page. The video – and the photos – are from a number of different angles. And while some of them look better than others, do not underestimate the severity of the situation.

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This photo from a different angle shows a slightly more optimistic view

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And here a little video of the Theewaterskloof dam – taken last week

Cape Town’s water crisis cannot be solved overnight. Desalination plans are not only expensive, they are challenging for a myriad of reasons. We might need to tug an iceberg into the harbour in the future