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Whats causing Cape Towns water crisis GroundUp geography

Whats causing Cape Towns water crisis GroundUp geography


Photo of dry Berg River

This graph shows the city's dam levels from 2000 to 2017. In the mid-2000s there was also a serious drought. Source: City of Cape Town. (GroundUp)

Theewaterskloof Dam during the height of the Cape Town water crisis on 24 April 2018.

Photo of broken and filthy toilet

Constructed using data provided by City of Cape Town (Xanthea Limberg). ( GroundUp)

Cape Town's largest reservoir, Theewaterskloof, was at 11% capacity in March 2018

Finger-pointing aplenty, here is the answer to what led to the Cape water shortage

How Cape Town stopped the taps running dry: lessons from a water crisis


Graph constructed using data from National Department of Water and Sanitation. (GroundUp)

Facts and Myths about Cape Town's Water Crisis

Mayor Patricia de Lille: “We are going to have to cut the water off for long hours like with load-shedding”

GroundUp: How severe is the drought? A detailed look at the data


Cape Town crisis: preparing for life without running water

This figure shows a trend in rainfall in the WCWSS region over the last 84 years. That trend is towards lower rainfall and it has a relatively strong ...

Worst Water Crisis in over a Century maybe a long overdue WAKE-UP CALL to repriotise funding .

Note that the year in the above figures is taken to be between November and October. This is because October is more or less the end of rainy season, ...

BUDGET 2019: The tax changes

Alternative water supply. Residents queueing up at the Newlands Spring

Photo of the Berg River dam

Poster issued in 2017 by Western Cape government calling for people to conserve water

1820CA88-1EFD-494F-9ABB-482A2B42F478.jpeg. Currently Cape Town ...

A man carrying a bucket of water from a small roadside spring in Cape Town,

Note that the year in the above figures is taken to be between November and October.

Drought on the Murray River harms ocean life too. Some homes in Cape Town ...

News around the Web, Water News

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For example, the sudden, drastic measures taken by authorities once the extent of the crisis was ...

and this is how annual rainfall was at these stations during the period 1981-2017:

Interestingly, if you look at the long-term rainfall data for the stations located near the coast, the situation is slightly different:

Nairobi residents are forced to buy water from private vendors because government supply has been rationed

Jon-Kerrin-Theewaterskloof8-696x464 Image Credits: (Jon Kerrin Photography). Cape Town water crisis: ...

There's cash in Cape Town's water crisis

Cape Town confronts looming 'Day Zero' water crisis. 3f5375e954e64ac686097f990bc39108_18

The Berg River Dam is a 68-metre (223 ft) high dam on the Berg River in South Africa. It is the centerpiece of the Berg Water Project (BWP) which is ...

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Alleviating Water Scarcity in Cuba

Photo of protest

And to account for the fact that the drought is likely of a multi-year character, I created plots showing two-, three- and four-year average rainfall:

The hydrosphere

The complex causality that underpins this kind of crisis calls for new ways ...

Cape Town expects to get up to 7 million litres of freshwater per day from Strandfontein


... the Western Cape Water Supply System dams, and have no significant gaps or systematic errors from 1981 through 2017. Those stations are: Vogel Vallij, ...

Bengaluru residents fight water shortages in their own backyards

Lack of fresh water resources to meet water demand

Pink Lake (Western Australia)

It looks like the model works well indeed! There is some difference in 2010, but that is most likely a result of an error in the data rather than deficiency ...

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Timeline of Cape Town

Here's why South Africa's currency isn't fazed by Cape Town's water crisis

Water leaks from a standpipe in Dunoon. (Laura Bratton, GroundUp)

The rich can buy tank loads of water from Johannesburg and fill their pools or rainwater ...

The lack of an urban model based on the containment of the growth of the urban sprawl, is causing construction projects to deforest areas of tropical rain ...

So it looks like we need to hedge our bets on the weekend of May 27 and 28 doing the deed, because it's very much a dry month before then.

Poster auf der Innenseite einer öffentlichen Toilette in Kapstadt 2018

Source: Water & Sanitation department, Republic of South Africa (for image on left

Cost-effective water treatment solutions imperative

And to account for the fact that the drought is likely of a multi-year character, I created plots showing two-, three- and four-year average rainfall:

One thinks of Coleridge's Ancient Mariner: “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” Cape Town is a city surrounded by water: a peninsula at the ...

Melbourne used behavioural nudges to save its vanishing water

Clearing thirsty alien trees will yield water returns for Cape Town

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SA Plastics & Rubber Technology June-July 2018 by SA Plastics, Composites & Rubber - issuu

... Steenbras Lower Dam, is a gravity concrete arch type dam located in the Hottentots-Holland mountains, above Gordons Bay, near Cape Town in South Africa.

Food & Water Watch exposé on Dominion Energy's political contributions and fracking investments

A forest garden with 500 edible plants could lead to a sustainable future

Newlands, Cape Town

Figure 1: World Resources Institute, 2015, “Adapting from the ground up – Enabling Small Businesses in Developing Countries to Adapt to Climate Change” ...

This creates four scenarios describing the “what if” situations. The results are as follows:

... conservation and resource management, especially when government agencies and ...

Three Case Studies in Re-wilding: Models and Methods for Other Cities to Consider

La plupart des publications techniques sont en ...

California Leans Heavily on its Groundwater, But Will a Court Decision Tip the Scales Against More Pumping? WESTERN WATER NOTEBOOK: Pumping near the Scott ...

Bo-Kaap community under threat

Physical water scarcity in 2010 and projected change in water scarcity by 2050. Credit:

... increase density in central areas, but it also has the effect of dramatically expanding a city's physical boundaries. Population density in cities is, ...

CAPA Process (1) (Source: FAC 4T by CCT)

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Nevada, Washington State Declare 100% Clean Energy Targets

Distribution of mean annual rainfall in South Africa

In an age of unprecedented climatic, social and political change, we believe that such a project continues to be as relevant and urgent as ever.

The State of African Cities 2018 The geography of African investment

Photo of drilling into Cape Flats aquifer

Woof Project is a funky mobile adoption pop-up housed in a converted shipping container in Cape Town's popular tourist attraction, the V&A Waterfront.

Gauteng urged to use water sparingly or face its own 'Day Zero'

An empty Theewaterskloof Dam, which supplies Cape Town with more than half of its water

... surveyed perceived experiencing disruption from El Niño related flooding (Nairobi), water supply disruption (Gaborone) and power outages (Lusaka).

By Country. The number of cleantech jobs in 2017 was 5.3 percent higher than the equivalent jobs in 2016, indicating a gain of about 550,000 jobs.

Only three are located in the Western Cape Water Supply System dam region: Vrugbaar, Rustfontein and Nuweberg.