Getting below the surface of the Cape Town water crisis

2018-06-22 05:22

It will take three months and cost R350m for a small-scale temporary desalination plant to produce enough water to raise the level of Cape Town’s supply dams by just one percent, City's executive director for water and waste says.

Farmers grateful for heavy rains, but Western Cape govt warns that drought persists

2018-06-19 21:02

Cape Town's supply dams swelled to 39.1% as run-off from recent rains continued to feed into reservoirs – but the council has warned that the drought-stricken city is nowhere near out of the woods yet.

Gamtoos River Valley farm production to suffer due to low dam levels

2018-06-16 15:44

Kouga Dam is only at 7.7% capacity, which means that farmers will now be forced to operate on 20% of their irrigation quota.

US company launches new solar-powered water production device in Cape Town

2018-06-13 05:15

The private sector has a pivotal role to play in dealing with drought and water challenges and US expertise can help, the US consul general in Cape Town has said.

No whey! Dairy factory in Mossel Bay goes drought-friendly by extracting water from milk

2018-06-07 08:28

A Nestle dairy factory in the Garden Route town of Mossel Bay has figured out a way to reduce its reliance on municipal water by extracting water from cow’s milk.

WATCH: Goodwood residents experience flooding after heavy overnight rain

As heavy rains hit Cape Town, some Goodwood residents have woken up to find themselves up to their knees in water. Watch.

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Cape Town's first desalination plant is online, but did it pass the taste test?

Cape Town's first desalination plant at Strandfontein is up and running. Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson was among the first to taste the water, but did it get the thumbs up? Watch.

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Cape Town uses more water even as dam levels are little changed

2018-05-15 07:43

Water usage in Cape Town surged 6.7% over the past week even as storage in dams supplying the city barely increased.

Sewage, icebergs may hold answers to Cape Town water crisis

2018-05-07 19:47

The doomsday scenario of Cape Town’s taps running dry has been averted after its 4 million residents slashed their water consumption and supply was cut off to farmers, but the crisis is far from over.

Above average rainfall to break drought in Cape Town 'highly unlikely'

2018-05-02 17:36

It is highly unlikely that Cape Town’s catchment area will get the above average rainfall it desperately needs this year to break one of the city's worst droughts on record.


Cape Town scraps desalination barge plan as water crisis eases

2018-06-20 10:08

The City of Cape Town has scrapped plans to hire a desalination barge to supplement water supply after good winter rains helped ease the worst drought on record.

Cape Town dam levels rise, but too soon to relax

2018-06-18 20:08

While rainfall in the province over the past weeks has increased the city's dam levels, residents have been asked to keep water consumption low as it is too soon to know what supply levels are needed to safely navigate the 2019 summer season.

Government lifts national drought state of disaster

2018-06-13 19:04

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the national state of disaster over drought has lapsed and will not be renewed but the Western Cape remains a provincial disaster.

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.

Early winter rains bring some relief to the Cape, but dire straits remain

2018-06-02 23:02

Early winter rains have brought relief to many farmers in the drought-stricken Western Cape - but there are some areas where farmers are still in dire straits.

Iceberg proposal to ease Cape Town's water woes gains traction

2018-05-23 19:24

Authorities say they will look at a proposal to tow an iceberg to Cape Town to bolster the city’s critically low water supplies – but first they want to see a detailed proposal of the cost of the iceberg water.

Day Zero injuries have put many Capetonians in hot water

2018-05-18 07:14

There is a new phrase in Cape Town's lexicon: Day Zero injuries. Most of them are caused by lugging buckets of grey water from showers and washing machines to recycle in the loo or garden.

Cape Town dam levels increase, but so does usage

2018-05-14 22:33

Cape Town is 104 million litres above the usage target of 450 million litres per day that the national Department of Water and Sanitation has set.

Agri SA launches water desk to ensure farmers get fair share of precious resource

2018-05-04 11:32

Agricultural industry association Agri SA has launched a water desk that will be dedicated to helping farmers across the country get equitable access to water.

Iceberg proposal as new water source for Cape Town

2018-04-30 08:23

South African marine salvage expert Nick Sloane, who sprang to international fame when he refloated the massive Costa Concordia wreck in the Mediterranean in 2013, is hatching a plan to tow icebergs to Cape Town to ease the city's water crisis.

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