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Water Issues and General

Cape water crisis: “This is not a drill!”

By |May 16th, 2017|

THE City of Cape Town issued a “critical warning” to water users in the Mother City.

The city has warned residents to only use water for drinking, cooking and washing as dam levels drop to 21.2 percent, or an effective 11.2 percent, as the last ten percent of dam water is not useable.

“The latest consumption […]

Cape Water Fund

By |May 8th, 2017|

THE city of Cape Town and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have formally agreed to establish a fund for the drought-stricken city in an attempt to safeguard water supplies and biodiversity, while also creating employment opportunities for local communities.

Falling into the Western Cape’s Mediterranean climate, the province is hopeful that it will receive much of its […]

Capetonians celebrate rainstorm, but crisis remains

By |April 27th, 2017|

THERE was finally some respite to the heat and drought as Cape Town got its first rain in weeks on Wednesday, 26 April.

The city experienced a few hours of intermittent and heavy rain‚ accompanied by thunder and lightning‚ after months of drought.

The downpour was rapid and unexpected and caused flooding in some suburbs.

In Blaauwberg a […]

South African Water Chart

By |April 19th, 2017|

HERE is the current countrywide water chart, as per the Department of Water and Sanitation:

 

Limpopo water warnings

By |April 12th, 2017|

THE Department of Water Affairs has asked Limpopo residents to use water sparingly, as dams levels remained low.

Dam levels rose slightly over the last few weeks, due to recent rains in parts of the province, provincial department spokesperson Malope Matlou said.

“Despite the current situation, we still encourage water users to avoid wasting this precious resource […]

President Zuma speaks on World Water Day

By |March 23rd, 2017|

THE South African Presidency has issued the speech made by President Jacob Zuma to delegates on behalf of the High Level Panel on Water on the occasion of United Nations World Water Day 2017, 22 March, held in Durban this week.

Zuma said:

It is my honour to address you today, on World Water Day, on behalf […]

Where is our water?

By |March 20th, 2017|

WATER, the lifeblood of our country, is South Africa’s biggest crisis, currently being masked by good rains in the north of the country. Our internationally acclaimed Constitution and 1998 National Water Act are not being applied .

Our rivers and streams, the arteries and veins of our country, are drying up and becoming polluted. Upstream farmers […]

Only 105 days of water left in Cape Town

By |March 14th, 2017|

THE City of Cape Town says at current consumption levels, its water supply will only last for the next 105 days.

Mayoral Committee Member for Water, Xanthea Limberg, says the dam levels are at 20%, even though there has been a decline in the amount of water being consumed on a daily basis.

“Limberg says water levels […]

Cape drought is now officially a disaster!

By |March 4th, 2017|

MAYOR Patricia de Lille has declared the City of Cape Town a disaster area, in order to manage the drought and the city’s dwindling water supply, which is predicted to run out in 121 days if dam levels and water consumption remain unchanged.

The mayor made the disaster declaration on Friday.

The last time the city declared […]

Support Hout Bay Caltex!

By |February 26th, 2017|

THE Hout Bay Service Station installed Eco Wash a few years ago and they’re still doing their part to save water in the drought-stricken Cape Town.

They posted on Facebook: “The City of Cape Town recently announced LEVEL 3B water usage restrictions, effective from 01 FEBRUARY 2017. The Level 3B restrictions come as a result of […]