Water Crisis

Day Zero 'fear-mongering' not the only factor that helped avert water crisis - City

The City of Cape Town has expressed sceptism about a study which suggests that the fear associated with Day Zero was the single most successful intervention in its campaign to get residents to slash water consumption.

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Cape Town households to shoulder bigger share of water restrictions so economy, business can recover

2018-11-30 10:13

Cape Town households will shoulder a bigger share of the new water restrictions to make more water available for the region’s economic drivers of agriculture, industry and tourism.

 

Here are the City of Cape Town's guidelines for Level 3 water usage

2018-11-29 14:44

The City of Cape Town is expected to lower water restrictions from Level 5 to Level 3 from December 1. Here are the guidelines that the City has provided for Level 3 water usage.

New toilet can save 30% of water and 30% of consumers' water bills

2018-11-20 07:33

South Africa has developed a revolutionary new toilet that uses less than two litres of water for a full flush – saving around 700 litres of water a person every month.

City of Cape Town poised to ease water restrictions further

2018-10-30 06:14

The City of Cape Town believes dam levels are high enough for water restrictions to be relaxed even further – possibly to level 4 or even level 3.

Everyone, not just Cape Town, must reuse water - provincial minister

2018-10-16 05:45

In future it won't just be Cape Town. No town or community must fail to clean and reuse its water, says the Western Cape's minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.

Capetonians can use more water - and pay less

2018-10-02 10:21

Slightly less stringent water restrictions for Cape Town have kicked in as the combined level of supply dams reached 75.9% of storage capacity.

Cape Town dam levels hit the 70% mark for the first time since 2015

2018-09-17 16:35

The City of Cape Town reports that Capetonians used less water last week, reducing total consumption from an average of 526 million litres a day to 505 million litres.

Dam levels rise to move out of the City's danger zone for first time in two years

2018-09-03 19:27

Cape Town's supply dams have just squeezed out of the City's defined "danger zone" as the recent rains have raised the combined water level to 65.9% of storage capacity.

Gauteng dams almost 100% full, Western Cape levels stable

2018-10-23 19:00

Gauteng dam levels are at a whopping 98%, while dam levels in the Western Cape are at stable at 73.4%, according to a weekly Department of Water and Sanitation report.

Cape Town's increased water consumption is not sustainable, experts warn

2018-10-12 12:04

The increased consumption comes after the relaxation of restrictions and could be a sign that residents are 'slacking off' on water-saving measures, experts say.

Drilling for water 'makes no economic sense'

2018-10-01 05:25

The City of Cape Town’s borehole drilling programme has scientists scratching their heads at the apparent determination of the City to drill into the hard rock of the Table Mountain Group Aquifer at great cost, while other cheaper and more environment-friendly options are not first explored.

Western Cape farmers call for easing of water restrictions to repair drought damage

2018-09-17 20:27

Western Cape farmers are calling on government to reveal how much water they are likely to be allocated this summer, so they can make plans to fix the damage caused by the 60% cut in their water supply.

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