Water Crisis

Christmas in Cape Town despite the drought?

Is it morally wrong for Joburgers to go to Cape Town over the December holiday and use what little water resources there's left, asks Howard Feldman.


Cape Town's water crisis: 5 things you should know

2017-10-19 13:28

Cape Town is experiencing the worst drought in its recorded history. Here are five things about it that you should know.

Time and money - two major obstacles in tackling Cape Town's water crisis

2017-10-19 13:22

Desalination plants and other plans - which are in the pipeline for Cape Town to help alleviate the water crisis - will probably cost the city billions of rand, and it is not yet clear where this money will come from.

Mine hits back over West Coast aquifer

2017-10-19 05:08

Kropz mining company says "irreversible environmental damage" will be done to groundwater if it is forced by legal action to stop pumping water from the Elandsfontein aquifer.

City of Cape Town's water supply augmentation process 'not cancelled'

2017-10-16 22:35

The City of Cape Town has announced that its emergency augmentation programme to increase the supply of water in the drought-stricken metro has not been cancelled.


News24 water investigation: Warnings and a turning point

2017-10-16 12:49

The drought gripping the Western Cape could not have been foreseen a decade ago, the City of Cape Town maintains, adding that new plans will in all likelihood come with significant tariff increases.

Taps slow down to trickle as water rationing starts in Cape Town

2017-10-10 10:30

The City of Cape Town has rolled out Phase One of its Critical Water Shortages Disaster Plan and pre-selected suburbs can expect dry taps during peak hours.

How Cape Town plans to tackle water disaster

2017-10-04 17:14

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has released the city’s critical water shortages disaster plan, which would see phased rationing and saving, before a full-out disaster response.

Cape Town ordered to reduce water consumption by 40%

2017-10-02 22:03

The Department of Water and Sanitation has told the City of Cape Town to reduce overall water consumption by 40%. 

De Lille uses 89l of water per day, 2l above target

2017-09-14 06:22

City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says two-minute showers, doing laundry once a week and leaving dishes in the sink help keep her personal consumption below 90l a day.

Western Cape dam levels still dire

2017-09-11 18:56

Water levels in Western Cape dams are showing slight improvements at an average 35.2% full, but the situation is still dire.

Level 5 water restrictions implemented in Cape Town

2017-09-03 10:46

Further water restrictions for domestic and commercial users have been implemented in Cape Town, Mayor Patricia de Lille has announced.

Drought bulletin: two lessons from Houston

2017-08-31 09:00

Despite being at the other end of the weather spectrum, the catastrophe in Houston should teach us two lessons for handling our drought emergency in Cape Town, writes Clem Sunter.

Disaster relief money starts flowing into Western Cape

2017-08-29 10:46

The Western Cape government has received the first tranche of the money it needs to cope with the devastating drought and fires in the province, Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen has said.

Western Cape dam levels still low

2017-08-21 21:10

The average level of the Western Cape's dams is a mere 30,89%, which is still alarmingly low compared to the 57,95% average of 2016, the Western Cape government has said.

Cape Town issues first tender to produce extra 500Ml of water

2017-08-17 20:12

The City of Cape Town has advertised its first tender for the desalination of water as part of a R2bn initiative to produce an extra 500 million litres (Ml) for the drought-stricken city.

Cape Town dam levels show minimal increase post heavy rain

2017-08-11 17:58

The average dam storage levels for the City of Cape Town increased to 29.5% after the recent rain, with no reports of the feared flooding and displacement.

Zille to bill Mokonyane millions for water systems maintenance, repairs

2017-08-01 19:37

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is planning to send Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane a bill for R3.5m for water infrastructure maintenance.

'Stubborn' Capetonians still using too much water

2017-07-24 23:09

Far too many Capetonians are being stubborn and still not doing enough to save water, the City of Cape Town has warned.

Cape Town housing expansion not linked to water crisis

2017-07-19 18:33

Cape Town's water restrictions cannot be blamed on new housing projects popping up around the city, the city's mayoral committee member in charge of water and sanitation has said.

Capetonians still way off water-saving target

2017-07-17 20:38

Capetonians have missed their goal of lowering their collective water usage to 500 million litres a day, by a whopping 113 million litres, a city official has said.

What Cape Town can learn from Windhoek on surviving droughts

2017-07-17 10:55

Cape Town can learn a good few lessons from Windhoek on how to manage droughts and the solutions don't all lie in technology, writes Dian Spear.

Why we need a weekly drought bulletin for Cape Town

2017-07-12 08:54

Some editor out there should roll up his or her sleeves, assemble the best climatologists and ask them to give us their best range of estimates for the next 12 months and longer, writes Clem Sunter.

Cape Town: Don't stop saving water

2017-07-08 11:51

Despite cooler weather and some rain, the Mother City is still in the midst of a drought crisis and residents must keep saving water, the City of Cape Town says.

Cape Town's groundwater plan targets 'impossible'

2017-10-11 09:30

Key partners in the extraction of groundwater to augment the City of Cape Town's water supply believe that the city's current 100 million litres per day target is impossible.

Water department to fast track Western Cape schemes to beat 'day zero'

2017-10-04 20:30

Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane has met with Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille to discuss efforts to avoid 'day zero' during the current drought.

De Lille warns 'Day Zero' for Cape Town's municipal water supply is March 2018

2017-10-04 15:15

The City of Cape Town anticipates that its supply of municipal water will run out around March 2018, Mayor Patricia de Lille says.

Cape Town gets tough with delinquent water users

2017-09-26 05:46

The City of Cape Town plans to install roughly 2 000 water management devices per week on properties of excessive users to force down consumption.

Many Capetonians ignoring water restrictions - City

2017-09-18 22:33

Many Capetonians are failing to adhere to level 5 water restrictions, with only half limiting their daily personal water consumption to 87 litres.

Just how much rain has fallen in Cape Town in 2017?

2017-09-12 16:32

Cape Town's 'rainy season' has for the most part, come and gone and the City's major dams have a collective yield of 37.2% water storage. City officials had been banking on winter rains to alleviate the water crisis. Just how much rain has fallen? Watch.

How smart meters can save water in drought ridden Cape Town

2017-09-05 13:59

A key challenge affecting water consumption behaviour is the time lag between consumption and the related bill and the resolution of the information on the bill, writes MJ Booysen.

KZN mayor welcomes probe into missing R200m drought aid

2017-08-30 05:45

Nongoma local municipal Mayor Albert Mncwango has welcomed the investigation by the KwaZulu-Natal agriculture department into an alleged R200m in drought aid that never materialised.

National Disaster Management Centre grants Cape Town R20.8m for drought relief

2017-08-23 22:35

The City of Cape Town has been granted R20.8m from the National Disaster Management Centre to mitigate the effect of the ongoing drought, Mayor Patricia de Lille says.

Cape Town reveals sites of proposed new water desalination plants

2017-08-18 05:10

Cape Town's Granger Bay, Hout Bay and Dido Bay may soon be home to three proposed new desalination plants that the city intends commissioning to make extra drinking water for its residents and visitors.

City of Cape Town to release 'Water Resilience Plan'

2017-08-15 05:04

A comprehensive plan to avoid the City of Cape Town running out of water will be announced the city says.

Cape Town residents advised to use water sparingly during hot weather

2017-08-07 22:16

The City of Cape Town is urging residents to further reduce their water usage during the unseasonably dry weather that Cape Town is currently experiencing.

The first drought bulletin

2017-07-24 14:02

Since nobody else in the major media outlets has taken up my challenge of writing a drought bulletin for Cape Town, I will attempt to do the first one, says Clem Sunter.

What is government doing about Cape Town's water crisis?

2017-07-19 08:40

The Western Cape government's Disaster Management Directorate estimates rainfall will decrease by 30% by the year 2050. Various government officials have been asked what the plan is to prevent the city's taps running dry.

Keep saving water while it rains - Western Cape government

2017-07-17 14:07

Western Cape MEC Anton Bredell has urged consumers not to revert to using water wastefully, as dam levels are still recovering.

Green Bond to help with 'new normal' of water shortages

2017-07-13 05:26

A University of Cape Town senior lecturer has suggested that the City of Cape Town should spend some of the R1bn raised in its first Green Bond on installing digital water-use devices in homes.

Cape Town dams 25.4% full

2017-07-10 18:40

Despite an increase in water levels since June, the City of Cape Town says dam storage levels and usable water are still very low.

Cape Town to host massive water loss conference

2017-07-07 09:23

The City of Cape Town will play host to one of the world’s largest water loss conferences in 2018, the Western Cape's investment agency has said.

George water wasters may face hefty fines or jail time

2017-07-04 17:40

Habitual water wasters may be slapped with penalties of up to R4 000 or six months in jail as the George Municipality this week implements fines for repeat offenders.

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