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.

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.


Cape drought sees 67% drop in accommodation bookings - survey

2018-09-06 12:42

Perceptions of the water crisis in Cape Town has played a significant role in the drop in bookings for accommodation, says the hospitality industry.

City of Cape Town calls for relaxing of water restrictions as dam levels rise

2018-08-27 18:49

The City of Cape Town has asked the Department of Water and Sanitation to reduce its water restrictions from 45% to 40% for the City and from 60% to 50% for agriculture.

Below-average August rainfall for Cape Town so far

2018-08-13 20:23

Cape Town's rainfall for August has been way below average so far with some of the mountain areas that feed the city's storage dams getting less than a third of their normal rainfall.

Cape Town's stringent water restrictions to remain in place... at least for now

2018-07-20 22:07

Cape Town's strict Level 6B water restrictions will remain in place, at least until the end of August, the Department of Water and Sanitation says.

Revolutionary solar-power desalination plant could provide cheaper option, but it needs space

2018-07-18 12:01

The new solar-powered desalination plant under construction at Witsand on the southern Cape coast is expected to produce water at a cost of only R7 to R8 a kilolitre, but it is likely that it will need lots of space.

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.

Capetonians still flock to collect free water from the city's springs

2018-08-30 09:35

The rain has been pelting down and the wind blowing icy off the snow-capped mountains, but that has not stopped people trekking to collect the free water at Cape Town's springs in the rain.

Iceberg water could be cheaper than desalination

2018-08-16 08:52

Icebergs can supply Cape Town with extra water in drought years at a far cheaper rate than a big desalination plant, it has emerged at a UCT seminar.

Rain for drought-stricken Western Cape

2018-08-07 05:18

Over the next few days the rain will increase Cape Town's dam levels, which hovered around the mid-50% mark for several weeks during a warm, dry July.

Cape Town's July rainfall way below average

2018-07-30 22:11

Rainfall in Cape Town's water catchment areas has been way below average in July with one weather station recording less than a third of the normal July rainfall.

High-level meeting to be held to decide on easing of Cape Town water restrictions

2018-07-20 06:42

The Department of Water and Sanitation is expected to hold a high-level meeting to assess whether the severe water restrictions in Cape Town and surrounding areas can be relaxed.

Massive French funding deal brings hope to drought-stricken Western Cape

2018-07-13 16:08

A multi-million rand funding deal aimed at alleviating the ongoing drought in the Western Cape is expected to be announced by the provincial and French governments.

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