Author Archives: charlmarais

water restrictions, dam levels, water

Cape Town to ease water restrictions further

My first Blog in a long time – the water restrictions have kept us on the go assisting people with harvesting rainwater and plumbing that water into the house. So much so that I believe Cape Town have increased the cities water harvesting potential simply by catching water off building roofs. Now for the bad […]

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cape town, water, water restrictions, rainfall, drought

More water restrictions for Cape Town?

Yesterday the City of Cape Town released a statement that demonstrates the seriousness of the water situation facing Cape Town this coming summer. Although we have experienced heavy late-winter rains, the dam levels are still below where they were this time last year, and we did see an increase in water tariffs in Jan-2016 as […]

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heavy rain, water tanks, water tank, dam levels,

Wow, what a lot of rain! Is it enough?

We have received so much rain these passed couple of weeks I have been tempted into thinking the municipality may well consider removing the Level 2 Water Restrictions. Having a closer look at the numbers though, and I doubt we have any reason to start being optimistic. Lets look at the dam levels:     […]

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water, garden, irrigation, soil, retention, soil life

Keep the water you irrigate in your soil

There are many ways of improving water retention in your soil, from mulching to growing or artificially constructing shade. I feel that a combination of all the diverse methods will give you the best likelihood of keeping water in your soil, but the biggest accepted contributor is increasing the organic content in your soil. I recently […]

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drinking water, water quality, tap water, contamination,

SA Tap water is not being cleaned properly – experts

ENCA’s Theresa Taylor has posted this report:   South Africa is a water-scarce country, and must protect its water sources. Experts warn, however, that our water isn’t being cleaned properly, and is increasingly polluted with everything from sewage to prescription medication. Despite hearing time and again that South Africa apparently has some of the best drinking water […]

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drought, water shortage, dry dams, future, dam levels, catchment, water management

“The future is dry for Cape Town and South Africa” says expert

Posted by Aletta Harrison for EWN on 9-May CAPE TOWN – A water management researcher has warned that all South Africans need to make a mental shift with regards to how they use the precious resource. The Water and Sanitation Department says despite recent rain in some regions, dam levels continue to dwindle. University of Cape […]

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shower, water, bathing, innovation

DryBath gel replaces water for bathing – South African invention

There was a call for innovators to assist in combating the low rainfall and drought conditions South Africa is experiencing – this young man has responded – taken from the Cape Talk website and dated 18-Sep-2014.   “You either want it or you don’t,” says 24-year-old Marishane when coaxed into advising those wishing to try […]

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water from air, water source, condensation

Water-from-air innovation driving alternative water source

This article dated 25-April-2016 was drawn from the phys org website: Researchers in Simon Fraser University’s School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering are tackling the world’s water crisis by pulling water out of the air. Professor Majid Bahrami, the recipient of a 2016 Canada Clean50 Award, has spent the past three years working with his PhD […]

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toilet flushing, toilet flush mechanism, multi-flush, dual-flush

Saving water that is unnecessarily flushed from your cistern

Major metro’s, most recently Kimberly, have launched a campaign advising residents to Drop-the-Block – this entails placing a brick in the toilet cistern, something that I remember our family doing back in the mid-1980’s in Kwazulu-Natal when we were suffering under those drought conditions. With people averaging 5 flushes per day and most households seeing 31% […]

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water tank, water tanks, garden, rainwater harvesting, rain tank

Rains in the Helderberg area filling water tanks

The rains from last night and this morning have brought welcome relief to those water-savers who have installed water tanks on their properties over the last few months. As an installer of rain water harvesting systems, it is always gratifying to see rain tanks filled so early in the winter – justifying the investment by the […]

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