Cape Town Dam Levels

This weeks dam levels The Cape Town Metropolitan Area is currently suffering extremely low water supply, as a result of drought conditions coupled with increasing demand. The city has implemented Stage 4b water restrictions which limits the daily use per person to 87litres. The restrictions are aimed at reducing the demand on potable water supply. […]

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SANBI case studies address biodiversity and freshwater resources

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) has published a fantastic series of case studies that demonstrate how the wise management of biodiversity and ecological infrastructure contributes to economic and social development, and warn of how poor environmental management can drain municipal coffers and increase the vulnerability of marginalised communities. Several of the case studies […]

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Where does Cape Town’s water come from?

Do you ever wonder where the water comes from when you open the tap in your home? The City of Cape Town’s Department of Water and Sanitation has a very informative website with lots of awesome and up-to-date information. It explains where Cape Town’s water comes from and has a map that shows which dams supply […]

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How much water?

We came across this interesting map (courtesy of ChartsBin) that illustrates the renewable water resources available in every country on the planet. So how much renewable water is available to every South African per year? The answer: 1007 cubic metres (based on 2008 data).

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Peninsula Paddle 2015

The 6th annual Peninsula Paddle takes place on Sunday the 7th of June 2015! In 2010 and 2011 a handful of Cape Town paddlers noticed two important things: 1. The health of our city is seen in its waterways; and 2. The city’s waterways divide people rather than connecting them. To overcome these issues, they […]

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Mega-reserve wetlands a success

Some good news and some bad news for Cape wetlands: This article by Melanie Gosling was first published in the Cape Times here. A major study on the health of 65 wetlands in the fynbos biome has revealed that 29 percent are in better shape than they were 25 years ago. Another 24 percent are in […]

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