Water Wednesday: Cold front to bring floods to Cape Town

Western Cape Dam levels have been steadily improving in the past two weeks and will most likely continue after the upcoming storm. The South African Weather Service warned that an intense cold front was headed to the province as well as the Namakwa District of the Northern Cape on 14 and 15 June. MEDIA RELEASE: Please be advised of the intense cold front resulting in wet and cold weather for the WC 14-15 June 2018 and Gauteng, FS + Mpu will be affected in max temp. Visit https://t.co/82W3dwn2P1 for full view…

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Water Wednesday: Children drowning remains a big problem in SA

Under the hashtag #canalsafety, the Department has launched an educational campaign around drowning. In South Africa, children drown every day and these drownings occur mainly in children under the age of 14 years. Drowning and near-drowning incidents occur across both recreational and non-recreational activities. The DWS is embarking on a campaign under the theme, “Canals and Inland Waterways’ Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility” to reduce the number of drowning at our canals. #CanalSafety pic.twitter.com/EgrSkct76e — Water&SanitationRSA (@DWS_RSA) May 18, 2018 Data from the Medical Research Council lists drowning as one of…

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Cape Town gets first desalinated water as dam levels drop again

The drought-hit South African city of Cape Town has received the first water from a series of small-scale desalination plants it’s building as authorities seek alternative supplies. A desalination plant at Strandfontein on the False Bay coast southeast of the city centre produced 1.5 million litres – about 400,000 gallons – on May 15 and has supplied that volume to Cape Town’s water system every second day since, Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson told Eyewitness News. That volume is a fraction of Cape Town’s needs: residents used 525 million litres a…

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Water Wednesday: Pricing revisited to combat water wastage

According to the Director of Water Resource Planning, Patrick Mlilo, South Africa is a water scarce country where 5.3 million houses (35%) still do not have access to reliable clean drinking water. Despite this staggering figure, the per capita water use in South Africa is 2.75% and the department is trying to bring it down to 1.75% in line with the international requirement for countries that do not have sufficient water. Part of the plan to bring this percentage down is to curb industrial and agricultural water waste and review…

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Water Wednesday: Misverstand Dam levels have increased

Last Monday, the Misverstand Dam was only 10.4% full before the water started flowing into it from Berg River Dam over a 10-day period. According to the Department of Water and Sanitation’s hydrology report, 2.1 million cubic litres has reached the dam increasing its levels to 44,13%. This is a 33.79% increase compared to the 10.34% recorded last week. Misverstand Dam following the release of water from Berg River Dam. According to hydrology report 2,1 million cubic litres has reached Misverstand Dam. The Misverstand Dam levels are currently at 44,13%,…

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Water Wednesday: Water theft investigation as Bergrivier Dam sluices open

The Misverstand Dam was only 10.4% full before the water started flowing into it from Bergrivier Dam over a 10-day period, via a pipe that leads to the Wemmershoek control works. This dam supplies municipalities on the West Coast with water for domestic, industrial and agricultural use. If the water from Misverstand Dam ran dry, Saldanha would have to get water from the Voëlvlei Dam, which already supplies 22 other West Coast towns. This would have left them enough water until the end of April 2018. In a bid to…

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Water Wednesday: How much water does the average South African consume?

This is according to statements made by former Johannesburg mayor and president of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) Parks Tau during a speech. Tau noted that the country’s water consumption far exceeded international benchmarks and that the average water consumption in South Africa is 235 litres per capita per day compared to a world average of 185. SALGA official William Moraka told Africa Check that Tau’s figures were sourced from the International Benchmarking Network’s (IBNET) 2010 data as well as a 2017 benchmarking study from the Department of…

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MAP: Where travellers don’t have to worry about water restrictions in the Western Cape

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Cape Town – As the Western Cape struggles with one of its worst droughts in years, a local tourism organisations, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government have pooled their resources to create a microsite “to get the message out that Cape Town and the Western Cape are open for business”. SEE: Drought travel trends: When adversity becomes a specialty The website – www.waterwesterncape.co.za – is a quick guide to water restrictions around Western Cape specifically aimed at tourists. The site also aims to provide a handy…

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Western Cape drought will severely test govt, says Helen Zille

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ANA Helen Zille. Picture: Morapedi Mashashe Water saving efforts by residents have led to Day Zero being moved to July 9 from June 4. The immense challenge of the province’ s longest drought on record will test the capabilities at all levels of government to their limits, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said during her state of the province address on Thursday. Addressing the provincial parliament, Zille said: “While addressing a provincial state of disaster, declared in May 2017, we also had to continue delivering on our core constitutional mandates.…

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