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.

SA kids can win R500,000 in cash for their water inventions – as long as they don’t go to a private school

2018-08-07 14:39

The Envisionit Prize offers big prizes for cheap water-harvesting solutions from grade 9 and 10 pupils – as long as they can present it in English and go to a public school.

'Disaster' looms for farmers and workers as Eastern Cape dam could run dry in 3 months

2018-08-06 13:02

The effect of the water shortage in the Kouga Municipality could be 'disastrous' for local citrus farmers and workers who are dependent on this industry.

5-year drought raises questions over Israel's water strategy

2018-08-04 18:16

Protracted drought raises concerns over Israel's water strategy, which is heavily reliant on costly desalination plants

Water Research Commission to investigate tow-an-iceberg proposal

2018-08-01 06:12

The Water Research Commission is to investigate the proposal to tow an iceberg to Cape Town to establish whether it is feasible as a new source of water.

Garden Route, Eastern Cape brace for dry spell as Cape dams continue to rise

2018-07-23 22:03

The Garden Route, which suffered a crippling drought in 2017 and devastating runaway fires, is likely to get below average rainfall in September, October and November.

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.

Multimillion-rand French funding deal for drought-stricken Western Cape still needs environmental approval

2018-07-16 12:33

Despite the excitement surrounding the project, which entails about R8.6m in grants, it may not be allowed to operate until it has received the proper authorisation, director of Cape Environmental Assessment Practitioners Louise-Mari Van Zyl says.

Western Cape edges closer to an end to the drought as dam levels continue to rise

2018-07-12 12:05

Good news for the drought-stricken Western Cape came in the form of a dramatic increase in the province's dam levels.

Restrictions will remain in place until Western Cape dam levels exceed 85% – water department

2018-07-09 21:54

Dam levels have increased from 48.33% to 53.05% in the last week.

 

Despair as crippling drought hammers Australian farmers

2018-08-08 17:04

A crippling drought is ravaging vast tracts of Australia's pastoral heartlands, putting desperate farmers under intense strain with little relief in sight.

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.

Two Eastern Cape towns to start 'water shedding' as dam empties

2018-08-06 05:43

Water will be cut off in the towns of Hankey and Patensie in the Eastern Cape and only switched on again for short periods to stretch what little is left in the Kouga Dam, the municipality has announced.

How a change to the Building Code could save water

2018-08-02 12:09

A change to the Building Code could save thousands of litres of water.

Record drought grips Germany's breadbasket

2018-07-29 07:59

The farmlands of northern Germany have borne the brunt of this year's extreme heat and record-low rainfall.

Western Cape drought erodes SA status as wheat importer

2018-07-22 13:29

SA is traditionally a net importer of wheat, but the Western Cape drought resulted in an increase in wheat imports to the second-highest level on record, says Agbiz.

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.

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.

Rains give Cape Town officials a breather to find new water supply mix

2018-07-10 06:09

Increased demand from a growing population and economy and predictions of a drier Cape Town have led the City of Cape Town to realise that it cannot rely only on rainfall for water supply.

Intelligent grey water recycling comes to Cape Town

2018-07-09 21:45

An intelligent grey water recycling system that can be used remotely via a phone app might just be what water-saving households in Cape Town who want to take it to the next level ordered.

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