As the City counts on normalised rainfall for 2018, and small augmentation schemes are scheduled to come online, small rainfall events, and the reduced demand for water have enabled the City to push the date for Day Zero has back to 2019. This however does NOT mean the water restrictions have been cancelled for lifted. […]
Given the current drought being felt across the country, not just in Cape Town, access to water is no longer a given or entitlement, it is a luxury, and everyone needs to play their part in ensuring that we all have access to safe water. Section 27 of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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).
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 […]
Did you miss the events and activities during the 2015 Watershed Festival? Watch this short video to get a sense of what happened – and see you there in person next time ’round!
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 […]
The folks at SABC3’s morning show Expresso invited us for an interview about the Watershed Festival: