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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
Will there be more rain this winter?
With the winter creeping ever closer, Capetonians are hoping for a wet season. But what kind of rainfall can the city expect?
16 Mar 2018
Preparing for an uncertain water future
Dr Kevin Winter joined Mike Bloomberg, the UN’s new Special Envoy for Climate Action, on a tour of Theewaterskloof Dam to discuss local climate change.
09 Mar 2018
UCT responds to City’s new water tariff
With the City's new water tariffs in place, UCT's water bill will soon become unaffordable. How is UCT cutting costs and, more importantly, saving water?
06 Mar 2018
Nudging the city and residents of Cape Town to save water
What does research tell us about the best behaviour-changing interventions, or ‘nudges’, to prompt Cape Town residents to save water?
05 Mar 2018
How Western Cape farmers are being hit by the drought
Amid the extensive coverage of the ongoing drought in the city of Cape Town, we shouldn’t forget about its impact in the surrounding farmlands.
02 Mar 2018
Cape Town did come together to save water
Citizens of Cape Town have shown unprecedented levels of co-operation in managing the region’s water crisis, say members of UCT’s Environmental Policy Research Unit.
01 Mar 2018
Making it through the water crisis
Associate Professor Lesley Green warns against selfish survivalism in the face of the water crisis, and urges communities to band together and care for one another.
28 Feb 2018