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.

Oudtshoorn water crisis: Municipality declares local state of disaster as dam outflow exceeds inflow

2018-08-10 20:46

Oudtshoorn Municipality has declared a local state of disaster due to a water crisis in the town.

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.

Contingency plans in place if reports of Touw River sewage spill are confirmed – SANParks

2018-07-27 22:02

SANParks says it monitors the water quality of the Touw River at five different sites on a monthly basis and that the tests for July did not reflect any concerns.

Save water: Stop eating meat and get used to drinking treated toilet water

2018-07-25 22:25

Re-using treated sewage effluent is the only major option of increasing water supplies for inland cities such as Johannesburg, says a former government official.

Water account headache

2018-07-24 06:01

The City of Cape Town advises residents with queries in respect of their water bills to utilise their nearest walk-in centres.

Khayelitsha residents install their own communal taps

2018-07-21 10:36

Residents dig up trenches and install the pipes and taps themselves on weekends when everybody is home.

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.

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.


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.

Government considering ban on microbeads after Gauteng drinking water is found to be contaminated

2018-08-09 07:09

The Department of Environmental Affairs has set up a task team to examine the possibility phasing in a microbead ban after a study found microplastic pollution in tap water in Johannesburg and Tshwane.

'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.

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.

Impact of microplastics in Gauteng, North West water unknown – Rand Water

2018-07-26 17:41

Rand Water says it has been monitoring global trends and findings around microplastics in water.

Drinking water contaminated with micro plastic pollution in Gauteng

2018-07-25 12:01

The people of Johannesburg and Tshwane have been drinking microplastics in their tap water, a new study has found.

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.

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.

City of Tshwane promises to purify the water in Hammanskraal, following residents' allegations of cholera

2018-07-19 18:40

The City of Tshwane has promised that the quality of water in Hammanskraal will improve by the end of August, although it says tests have shown that the water is safe for use.

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.

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