As empty as clouds
Cotton wool brain, stuck inside
I was watching these fluffy cotton wool balls drift by one morning, as I sat outside having my cuppa. Though these particular clouds would not bring rain, we’re doing all right in Cape Town this year.
The dam levels are at 99.7%! Can you believe it?
These water reserves have to last us over the coming hottest summer months, until the next rains fall, a good six months away.
Three years ago in 2017, after lower than average rainfall several years in a row, the dams were at 37.6%. The levels dropped as low as 19% before we got rain.
Back then the whole world was pointing fingers at Cape Town and saying we would be the first major city to run out of water, on Day Zero.
I am very happy that we did not run out of water. By drastically rationing and re-using water, we averted disaster. The people of CT still do this, which is why the dams have filled up again so quickly; it’s not as if there have been really good rains recently. In fact, 2019 was quite dry; but by collectively altering our behaviour, we have triumphed.
So I could watch these fluffy clouds serenely, knowing that though they will not produce rain, the dams are already full!