Fears of water’s 'day zero' spur Cape Town to consider rainless day fund

2020-02-26 10:42

Scarred by a water shortage that almost saw Cape Town become the first major world city to run out of water, local authorities are planning measures ranging from cutting down alien trees to establishing a "rainless day fund" to cushion its more than 4 million people from the next dry spell.

Cape Town's dams hit the 80% mark, but only 64.5% for Western Cape

2019-08-13 07:28

Cape Town dams are 80.6% full, but the Karoo and southern Cape are still struggling to fill dams.

When a tide becomes a trickle: Of droughts and markets

2018-12-14 06:05

What can investors learn from the weather? If the Western Cape's recent drought is anything to go by - quite a bit.

Water restrictions didn’t make Capetonians save water – fear did

2018-12-05 17:01

A new study says it was the imminent threat of ‘Day Zero’ - the day that Cape Town’s taps would run dry –  that got Capetonians saving water, not draconian restrictions and tariffs.

How impact investment can tackle our water shortages

2018-11-14 12:22

While you read this article, over 50 people globally would have died from diseases linked to unsafe drinking water. But impact investing can change that, say Steve McCallum & Suzette Viviers.

Cape Town halting plans for desalination plants raises serious questions

2018-10-30 09:53

The decision by the City of Cape Town to halt the roll-out of water desalination plants because our dams are more than 70% full is most astonishing, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

Dams half full, but too early to call for easing restrictions

2018-07-04 05:18

Cape Town's dam levels have risen to 50.3% as streams and rivers swollen with rain from the weekend's intense cold front, flowed into the storage dams.

No Day Zero for 2019 – City of Cape Town

2018-06-28 11:13

The City of Cape Town has announced that the dreaded Day Zero - the day when most of the taps will be turned off – will not happen in 2018 or 2019.

Day Zero coming back to haunt Cape Town - salvage expert

2018-05-16 20:14

Day Zero is not off the cards – and it is not such a bizarre idea to harvest fresh water from an iceberg to solve Cape Town's water demands, says an expert in marine salvage.

From floods to drought, what we learned in Water Week

2018-03-26 10:19

If any good has come out of the Western Cape drought, it is that it has focused our minds on the true value of water in a way that little else could have done as effectively.


Gauteng could be SA's next Day Zero region, agriculture forum hears

2019-08-27 06:01

Gauteng is the next potential Day Zero region in South Africa, Wits adjunct professor Mike Muller warned at the Agri SA Water Symposium.

ANALYSIS: What Cape Town's drought can teach other cities about climate adaptation

2019-04-04 07:51

Although three years of low rainfall led to very low dam levels, there were breakdowns in the interaction between national, provincial and municipal government that exacerbated the problem.

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.

The Terminator will be back - this time to talk about Day Zero

2018-11-16 11:36

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back – and heading to Cape Town to talk about Day Zero.

Crisis proofing South Africa's water security

2018-11-11 19:00

South Africa can’t change the climate systems that influence weather variability and conditions. But it can do a lot to adapt to changing conditions, writes Kevin Winter.

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.

WATCH: No Day Zero for Cape Town in 2019

The threat of Day Zero has been hanging over Cape Town after years of below average rainfall, but the City has some good news to share with its citizens. Watch.

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Flushing out inequality in Cape Town

2018-06-08 11:06

The Cape Town water crisis has highlighted the challenges of the marginalised in a way more acute than perhaps anything else, writes Lucretia Arendse.

Why April rainfall is key to stave off Cape Town's Day Zero

2018-04-09 05:31

In three weeks’ time experts will be able to say with some certainty whether Cape Town is likely to get enough rain this year to avoid a Day Zero scenario in 2019.

17 home exercise moves you can do with a 5L water bottle

2018-03-23 09:41

Got a garage full of stockpiled water bottles? It's time to put them to use...

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