Tag Archives: drought

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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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 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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surface water, water fall, water source, water, drought

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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Bottled Water, Water Shortage, Drought

“You can only save water when you have it”

This report from Tammy Petersen for News24 Cape Town – Seeing a 4-year-old child grab a bottle of water and take a sip after not having fresh drinking water for days or even weeks proves that Operation Hydrate is a lifesaver, volunteer and activist Yusuf Abramjee said on Tuesday. This was at the launch of Operation […]

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