Water Crisis

A countrywide water shortage is looming and government is mum on wastewater audit

A countrywide water shortage is a decade away unless urgent action is taken to rehabilitate and preserve our rivers and catchment areas, fix and maintain crumbling infrastructure and implement water re-use.


Hydrologist strikes again: Dr Groenewald's unconventional methods of finding water in drought-stricken regions

2019-02-21 07:38

While Dr Gideon Groenewald's methods may be somewhat unusual, they have resulted in more than 200 boreholes being drilled with 90% accuracy over eight months.


Number of issues led to Makhanda's water woes – water department

2019-02-11 15:59

The city is beset by problems including a drought, maintenance and infrastructure backlogs, empty dams, power supply problems to water treatment plants, leakages and non-payment by some residents.

'There are so many clouds, but no rain' - Residents rationed to 10 litres a day in Beaufort West

2019-01-31 19:30

Emergency water rations of 10 litres a day are being distributed to residents in high-lying areas of Beaufort West as the country's oldest municipality struggles with three rounds of "water shedding" a day during a drought.

'More rain expected,' says weather service after government warns about decreasing dam levels

2019-01-25 18:09

While the Department of Water and Sanitation has raised concerns about decreasing dam levels, the South African Weather Service says there should be no panic just yet.

Karoo town asked to reduce water use to 50 litres a day amid drought

2019-01-21 17:27

Residents of the Karoo town of Zoar have been urged to drop water consumption to 50 litres a day as the region struggles with "unacceptably high" consumption during a drought, the Western Cape government has said.

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

2018-12-12 14:33

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.

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.

10 ways the City of Cape Town wants to drought-proof the metro

2019-02-17 06:27

The City of Cape Town has made key shifts in the way it thinks about water and has come up with a draft strategy that hopes to cushion citizens from future water shocks.

Cape wine production set to be low after 3-year drought

2019-02-07 08:57

The Cape's three-year drought has taken its toll on the wine industry and early indications are that this year's harvest will be even lower than the poor 2018 harvest.

Could alien tree clearing near dams be Cape Town's solution to saving water?

2019-01-31 05:29

Cape Town is losing 50 billion litres of water every year to thirsty alien trees surrounding the region’s supply dams - equivalent to two months’ water supply effectively going down the drain.

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.

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