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Global warming: Severe drought risks to City
Climate models vary but all show that the risk of drought in Cape Town has increased substantially because of global warming.
20 Dec 2018
Harvesting storm water from the Liesbeek River
Three Biological Sciences students have made their mark with their first-ever publication on the role of the Liesbeek River in the management of Cape Town’s water crisis.
26 Nov 2018
Future-proofing SA’s water supply
Along with closing the gap between supply and demand, South Africa must urgently implement a water security plan in order to protect its future supply.
09 Nov 2018
Working towards a water-sensitive Cape Town
When it “forgot to rain” in Cape Town, the city went on water-saving alert. Now it’s time for a holistic approach to future water management.
22 Oct 2018
Water: the most precious resource of all
The days of taking water for granted are over, with individuals and industry equally responsible for protecting this most precious of all resources.
17 Sep 2018
Water outlook: what next for Cape Town?
World Water Week 2018 is an appropriate time to reflect on the current and future use of precious water resources, says UCT water expert Dr Kevin Winter.
27 Aug 2018
Moving towards a water-sensitive campus
With water-saving interventions still top priority in the Western Cape, the Green Campus Initiative and Future Water have hosted a forum examining UCTʼs policies and progress.
23 Aug 2018
Working with nature to tackle drought
When facing drought, city planners often reduce the number of public spaces that need water, but there are good reasons for keeping nature in our cities.
03 Aug 2018
The interdisciplinary approach of Future Water
Solutions to intractable problems may need expertise from multiple disciplines.
21 Jul 2018
What caused the recent water shortage?
Dr Piotr Wolski from UCT’s Climate System Analysis Group asks to what extent the unusual climate and unusual water use has affected Cape Town’s water supply.
19 Jul 2018
Calls to ease water restrictions premature
Western Cape dams may be over 50% full, but that’s still not a good enough reason to immediately ease water restrictions says UCT’s Kevin Winter.
10 Jul 2018
Why you shouldn’t pave over your garden
As attractive as paving and artificial lawn may be for gardens that have succumbed to the drought, they are not a good idea.
31 May 2018
The value of storm water
Even though storm water could bolster Cape Townʼs water supply, it is being ignored as a water augmentation opportunity, says UCT’s Future Water Institute.
14 May 2018
Campaigning for a water-wise university
The Green Campus Initiative continues to work towards a sustainable UCT, with efforts to curb water use and increase recycling topping their 2018 agenda.
03 May 2018
Saving 100 litres per wash
The rollout of 238 water-efficient washing machines across residences will help UCT to cut down its water consumption by half.
12 Apr 2018
Five key lessons other cities can learn from Cape Town’s water crisis
In reflecting on Cape Town’s water crisis, Dr Kevin Winter highlights the ways in which cities can plan for water uncertainty.
05 Apr 2018
Climate risk expert wins Piers Sellers prize
Professor Mark New, director of UCT’s African Climate and Development Initiative, has won a prestigious international award for his world-leading contribution to solution-focused climate research.
20 Mar 2018
The politics of water
The provision of water in Sub-Saharan Africa is characterised by two major trends. On the one hand, populations are increasing – in many cases rapidly.
20 Mar 2018