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theewaterskloof drought

Cape Town dams continue to fall at unprecedented rates

Storage levels from 2011 – 2015 28 December 2015 DAM BULK STORAGE               CAPACITY % % % % Current week Previous week   Ml 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 21 Dec WEMMERSHOEK 58,644 76.6 88.5 91.3 77.2 59.7 60.5 STEENBRAS LOWER 33,517 71.8 77.1 85.4 64.5 62.9 65.1 STEENBRAS UPPER 31,767 93.6 92.1 98.0 97.0 77.5 77.7 VOËLVLEI 164,095 76.9 83.4 89.3 83.0 31.5 32.8 THEEWATERSKLOOF 480,188 75.2 90.3 95.1 86.1 60.7 62.7 BERG RIVER 130,010 89.6 92.0 98.6 90.8 66.9 70.4 TOTAL STORED 898,221 702,364 797,200 […]

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Clan William Dam (now at 9%) Photo by Torey Westgarth-Taylor 9/5/2015)

Drought for Western Cape!

The Western Cape is in drought. Dam levels are falling.  One dam – Clan William is down to silt level, and will not deliver any more water this winter for the citrus fruits in the valley, the very period when citrus ripens. The five major supply dams to Cape Town are perilously low for a time of the year when these levels should have started rising.  The authorities including the Department of Water Affairs and the Cape Town Municipality are predictably silent on the water shortage / drought issue. That […]

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Hoover Dam & Lake Mead (2)

Where is your water?

Uh-oh. We’re in trouble. If you’re not experiencing floods, the chances are you’re looking drought in the face. California is now in its fourth year of drought and water restrictions are set with just a little fine of US$10 000 per day of non-compliance. Lake Mead in Navada is the largest reservoir in the USA when it is at capacity. However, the lake is now at it’s lowest point in it’s existence (it was first filled in the 1930’s) which also means that millions of people who rely on electricity generated at […]

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Don't throw money down the drain. Save water.

Water Saving is Money Saving

If you have a garden, this article is particularly relevant to you. If you have nothing but one toilet and a tiny bath, you still need to pay attention… According to Dr Ronnie McKenzie, managing director of the engineering company Water Resource Planning, South Africa is overdue for drought. It’s coming and we all need to take a serious look at our own usage. To avoid the hassle of your garden going brown due to water restrictions or an astronomical water bill when prices increase, keep reading. Take a moment […]

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Acid Mine Drainage - where will your drinking water be coming from tomorrow?

South Africa Out of Water?

South Africa out of water?   Gauteng is not the only region to be affected by water outages.   Only a few municipalities achieve the status of a Blue Drop. You would be silly indeed to drink the tap water from anywhere outside Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, and the quality will fall from these places too in the very near future requiring filtration at home.   At least the source of water for from the Vaal River is still virgin water and unpolluted by AMD (Acid Mine Drainage). There […]

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Photo by Lawrence Boatwright

SA facing drought

If you’re reading this, you have access to a computer and the internet. Which also means you can probably walk into your kitchen or bathroom, turn on your tap and water will flow and what’s great is; you can drink it! But not everyone is quite as fortunate as you and me… Recently, the Mpumalanga water programme started up and has since provided water to a total of 24 villages. Sounds great, doesn’t it? But that’s not the end of the story. This little project didn’t come cheap: it cost an […]

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