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Cape Town’s drought levy
The City of Cape Town recently approved a drought levy that will be linked not to water use or water-based services, but to residential property values.
20 Dec 2017
Drought: Has Cape Town planned properly for Day Zero?
What happens when Cape Town reaches Day Zero – when the dams run dry, most taps are turned off and residents have to queue for water?
06 Dec 2017
How the world needs to change as regions get drier
In collaboration with partner organisations in Africa and India, UCT researchers have identified four types of change needed for adapting to increasing water scarcity.
29 Nov 2017
Water crisis: the more we know, the better we can respond
The current water crisis in the Western Cape has shown why we need transparent decision-making and better access to environmental information and data.
16 Nov 2017
Is Cape Town’s drought the new normal?
UCT’s Climate System Analysis Group looks at 100 years of data to give us an idea of the future of Cape Town’s rainfall patterns.
01 Nov 2017
What about rainwater harvesting?
With the rainy season drawing to a close, hydro-climatologist Piotr Wolski suggests that rainwater harvesting may help with getting through the dry months of 2018.
30 Oct 2017
UCT preparing for a water-sensitive campus
The current drought is an opportunity for UCT to use its water-sensitive urban-design expertise to showcase what it means to be a water-sensitive campus.
23 Oct 2017
Why Cape Town’s drought was so hard to forecast
Cape Town’s drought and associated water shortage has officially escalated to the level of a disaster, which comes with severe water restrictions.
20 Oct 2017
Student responds to Cape Town water crisis
Nkosinathi Nkomo has used knowledge garnered in UCT’s Department of Civil Engineering to develop a more affordable grey-water irrigation system.
19 Oct 2017
Cape Town’s water crisis: Can suburbia save the day?
Neil Armitage of UCT’s Urban Water Management research unit offers five reasons why the solution to Cape Town’s water crisis can be found in the suburbs.
27 Sep 2017
Harvesting the storms
Could the effective harvesting of storm water help to alleviate Cape Town’s water shortage?
19 Sep 2017
How severe is the drought?
Is the Western Cape’s current drought an extreme, super-rare event, or is it something that could be expected to occur every now and then?
31 Aug 2017
UCT underprepared for drought
According to Dr Kevin Winter, from the UCT Future Water Institute and Water Task Team, UCT’s campuses are largely underprepared for managing the ongoing drought.
25 Aug 2017
What's driving Cape Town’s water insecurity, and what can be done about it
In pre-colonial times the Khoisan called Cape Town, //Hui !Gaeb , the place “where clouds gather” and Camissa “the place of sweet waters”. The future of the city will be shaped by water as it was in the past. But far more attention will need to be paid to the drivers and early warning signs.
10 Aug 2017
What Cape Town can learn from Windhoek on surviving drought
For decades Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, has faced serious challenges providing water for its citizens. Cape Town can learn from what Windhoek has done to conquer multiple water crises.
18 Jul 2017
Can UCT become a water-sensitive campus?
UCT needs to take its water use and management seriously to demonstrate what can be achieved by a water-sensitive institution in a water scarce region.
13 Jul 2017
World first in waste-water treatment
This is the story of how UCT research, student participation and private sector support are paving the way for zero-waste water treatment.
13 Jul 2017
Researchers test nifty way to save water in informal settlement
A partnership between the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch Municipality and the Western Cape government is turning an abandoned water treatment facility into a centre for water reuse research and innovation.
14 Jun 2017