Category Archives: Water Source

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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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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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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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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drought, water, burst pipe, leaks,

36% of municipal water lost through leaks

This is an incredible statistic – let me reword it: 36 % of the water that leaves the municipal pumping stations gets lost along the way BEFORE it reaches residential, commercial and industrial meters. There is the major “water saving tips” campaign that the Department of Water and Sanitation have been driving since November last year, […]

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Over-exploitation of water resources in South Africa

Extract from the Parched Prospects II report, written by Steve Hedden and is the African Futures Paper 16, dated March 2016: “Summary: It is likely that South Africa is over-exploiting its water resources at the national level, as water withdrawals currently exceed reliable supply. Using the International Futures forecasting system, this paper forecasts that withdrawals […]

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Water restrictions, Steenbras dam, water saving, water tariffs

Water Restrictions here to stay until 2017

This report from Lindsay Dentlinger for IOL Cape Town – The City Council has said that water restrictions in the city could remain in place well into next year as other municipalities in the Western Cape moved to join it and Stellenbosch in limiting supplies. The Drakenstein municipality announced it was restricting its water supply […]

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Firefighting on Cape Town mountains – with the drought, where does the water come from?

I have been asked the question where water comes from that the helicopters use to fight the mountain fires that have been raging through the Helderberg, Peninsula and Cape Town mountainsides  the past couple of weeks. It is fairly common knowledge that sea water introduces salt to the soil and often does more damage to the soil […]

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