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All posts tagged "Cape Town Water Crisis 2017"

  • In graphs: Cape Town dams 24.4% full as water usage spikes

    Although #DayZero has largely fell to the wayside this week in the wake of SONA 2018, Cape Town is still in the midst of a drought. But judging by the City of Cape Town's latest dam report, it seems that the situation is beginning to stabilise. After #DayZero was pushed back last week to 4 June giving Capetonians more than a 100 day buffer before the taps are set to be shuttered, dam levels are now dropping more slowly than we've seen previously this year. The collective Big Six dam storage level -- which includes the Theewaterskloof, Voëlvlei, Berg River, Wemmershoek,...

  • Everything you need to know about Cape Town’s Day Zero plans

    As Cape Town's water crisis deepens, and Day Zero draws nearer, a lot of questionable information is currently circulating on the internet. But the City of Cape Town is finally getting its act together -- at least in terms of providing regular updates on the progress of its disaster plan, what Day Zero will mean for all Capetonians, and how its water collection points will work. Although it's still calling on users to reduce consumption, in addition to new social media campaigns including #DefeatDayZero, there's no doubt that Mayor Patricia de Lille's words of "We have reached the point of no...

  • South Africa’s #SaveWater mascot Splash is scarier than the drought

    While the City of Cape Town is using apps, Twitter campaigns and Mmusi Maimane's bucket delegation skills to remind South Africans to save water, the nation's Department of Water and Sanitation is taking a -- ahem -- different approach. "Splash" -- the #SaveWater mascot composed of a water droplet shaped head, no neck, a green-and-gold suit, and a creepy crotch hashtag -- was revealed to the world this week at the DWS's #SaveWater ambassador campaign launch. "The #SaveWater ambassador programme is a multi-sectoral initiative that includes a wide array of partners including Miss Earth SA, Operation SA, Tsogo Sun to ensure...

  • Cape Town deputy mayor applauds ‘record low’ water usage

    526-million litres per day: that's how much water Cape Town used last week. And the city's deputy mayor  Ian Neilson believes that's a cause for (moderate) praise. "This is the first time that the weekly average usage has remained under 550-million litres due to the City’s pressure management interventions and the efforts by our residents to use as little water as possible," he writes in a press release. "A year ago, the average water demand was 830-million litres per day and the weekly change in dam levels was 1.9%." Last week, dam levels dropped just 0.6%. In 2016, the rate of decrease...

  • Cape Town’s dams are just 29.4% full, but we’re using a lot less water

    Cape Town is getting drier, but you probably didn't need me to tell you that. Instead, let's look at the City's latest dam report. Dated 12 February, this report isn't steeped in positive information. In fact, you have to drill deep down to find some semblance of comfort. You will be happy to know, Cape Town, that average daily water consumption has plummeted yet again. Water drawn from the "Big Six" dams decreased once again, this time below the 500-million litres per day mark to 493-million. Overall, consumption from the City's 14 dams amounts to 526-million litres per day -- another new...

  • Cape Town dams: Day Zero pushed back to May, agriculture suffers

    The City of Cape Town has issued its latest "water dashboard" report, and it brings some welcome news to thirsty Capetonians. Dam levels are now down to 25.5%, a change of -0.9%. But the biggest news is undoubtedly the plummeting water consumption. The average daily consumption from the Western Cape Water Supply Schemes' (WCWSS) six large dams is now just 526-million litres per day. That's down by nearly 60-million litres per day compared to mid-January. Consumption from all 14 dams in the system equates to 547-million litres per day. That's the lowest water consumption figures Cape Town has seen in more than...

  • A graphical look at Cape Town’s water crisis: January 2018

    Congratulations, you've made it through 2018's first month unscathed. No, that wasn't me addressing you, but rather Cape Town's ailing water delivery system. Yes, yes, we know. You're probably sick of hearing about #DayZero now, but it's lurking in the Cape Town and South African cultural zeitgeist this year, and doesn't show any signs of abating. So with that said, we put together four graphs summarising just how Cape Town's dams fared during January, how much water we've consumed through this period, and the amount of rainfall some of the dams received. All information in these graphs have been sourced from the...

  • Video of man watering goose on Clifton Beach goes viral

    Cape Town's humans are eagerly seeking new, reliable water sources, but what of its animals? A video published to Facebook this week tells a rather adorable story of how an Egyptian goose found water... from the hand of a Clifton beachgoer. Published on Joel Graham's page, the clip isn't very long, but does show him cupping his hand, throwing water from a bottle into it, and allowing the goose to drink from the makeshift bowl. "An Egyptian Goose landed on Clifton beach. We calmly approached each other. I offered water for her to drink. She drank then she flew off," he wrote. The...

  • How to volunteer or donate to Cape Town’s water crisis online

    If you're one of the many Capetonians who recently bought all available five litre bottles of water at your local convenience store, perhaps this article will interest you. Besides using less than 50 litres of water per day, here's how else you can help the city overcome its water crisis challenge. WISA calls for volunteers The Water Institute of South Africa (WISA), a non-profit that aims to "promote professional excellence in the water sector", is calling for South Africans to donate their time, empty bottles or any other mode of support to the Cape Town water crisis. "South Africans are known as uniquely...

  • NASA loop shows the ever-shrinking Theewaterskloof Dam from space

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, has today published a GIF showing the desiccation of Cape Town's largest dam -- the Theewaterskloof. At the time of writing, the dam -- which usually supplies Cape Town with more than half of its surface water -- is just 13.3% full. But this wasn't the case in 2014. Within four years, the reservoir lost more than three-quarters of its reserves, plummeting from a peak of 89.5%. That's a loss of some 365-billion litres of water. "The animated image shows how dramatically Theewaterskloof has been depleted between January 2014 and January...

  • Dam levels drop 0.9% as Cape Town struggles to save water

    Good news, Cape Town. Well, sort of. While last week's dam report saw a dire dam level loss of 1.4%, this week's decrease is much smaller. The City of Cape Town's latest data set suggests that just 0.9% was lost within the past seven days; the combined storage levels are now 26.3%. Follow Memeburn's coverage of Cape Town's water crisis here. This is largely thanks to a decrease in overall consumption from 608-million litres per day to 580-million litres. Well done, Cape Town, although this figure is still well above the City's target of 450-million litres per day, or 50 litres per...

  • TapOff is Cape Town’s prettiest water saving gamification app

    Last week, Memeburn rounded up a few notable apps to download before Cape Town faces its imminent Day Zero crisis, but we seemingly neglected one. Dubbed TapOff (appropriately), the Android and iOS app aids users by summarising important water crisis information, as well as gamifying water saving. Making use of bright colours and bold typeface, TapOff was developed by Observatory-based developer Aux Studios. The app is about as simple as they come -- in an even-granny-can-use-it way. Its home screen displays all the water crisis information you should need, including a Day Zero ticker based on current usage and dam storage levels,...

  • Forecasting flames: SAWS slams Zille, talks rainfall probability in Cape Town

    The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has just issued one of the most entertaining and fact-heavy press releases you'll likely read this year. Issued on Friday, it's loaded with statistics regarding Cape Town's rainfall probability beyond April, and flames for the Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. This is seemingly a response by SAWS, after Zille appeared on BBC Newsnight Thursday evening noting that "the experts can't predict anything anymore". “The South African weather services have told me their models don’t work anymore in an era of Climate Change… the experts can’t predict anything anymore”- Premier of the Western Cape @HelenZille tells #newsnight...

  • Zille responds to DA criticism, states colonialism isn’t all bad

    I regret to inform you that Helen Zille is back on her bullshit. Last year, the Western Cape Premier ignited outrage when she defended colonialism on Twitter. And now, a year and one empty apology later, she's rehashed the argument in defense against DA criticism. Does Helen Zille care more about defending herself than her frustrated constituents? In March 2017, after attending an event in Singapore, Zille commented on what she believed were positive effects of colonialism. "For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc. (sic)," she wrote on Twitter. For those claiming...

  • TWR Podcast: Apps to #DefeatDayZero, #MarkFishChallenge, Qualcomm fine, and more

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup podcast, where we talk the latest in tech and startup news! This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker and Stephen Timm. First on the agenda is the conversation on every Capetonian's lips: the water crisis. As the city moves closer to Day Zero, Andy talks some nifty apps that can help residents save water, as well as stay in the know about dam developments. On the podcast this week: water crisis apps, Mark Fish, Gauteng startups, and that Qualcomm fine The team then moves on to the local Twitter meme of the week, soccer legend Mark Fish. After...