Cape Town

Cape water consumption threatens storage levels – Cape Town – South Africa

The days of watering your garden with municipal water in the Western Cape may never come back despite Cape town’s six main dams sitting at 76 percent capacity. 

WWF South Africa says consumption in Cape Town has increased since water restrictions were eased, and if residents are not careful, drought conditions in the province will continue to get worse.


All 3 of CT’s desalination plants finally up and running – Cape Town – South Africa

After months of delays, all three of Cape Town’s desalination plants are up and running. The City of Cape Town says its various water projects are now all on track.

The city is still in the midst of a drought. There’ve been many delays at the Monwabisi desalination because of a dispute between the city and the local community.

Residents were demanding that more of them be employed at the facility. It was the last plant to be brought online.


S.Africa’s first solar-powered desal plant could produce affordable water

This will be an addition to at least four desalination plants operating in the Western Cape.

According to the Business-live, the French government in collaboration with the Western Cape provincial government have committed to invest R9 million for the project, on a 50-50 basis.

French ecology minister Nicolas Hulot attended the launch of the project on Monday together with Western Cape finance MEC Ivan Meyer.



Dubai begins testing turbines at 700MW M-Station in Jebel Ali.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said it has started testing the turbines at the M-Station expansion project in Jebel Ali, which is the newest and largest electricity generation and water desalination plant in the UAE.

Testing includes an initial operation of turbines and power generators and connecting them to the grid, said a statement from the Dubai utility.

These tests are essential to ensure the quality and reliability of the units while connected to the grid. Tests are scheduled to continue until the completion of the Dh1.47-billion ($400 million) expansion project in the fourth quarter of 2018, it stated.



St Helena Bay gets two desalination plants.

Two desalination plants have been launched in St Helena Bay.

More than R30 million has been invested in the plants. The project was launched by the Oceana Group in collaboration with local and provincial government.

Environmental & Social Director at Lucky Star Operations, Titania Stephanus-Zinche: “Saldhana Bay Municipality as well as the Bergrivier Municipality made the desalination plant part of their water crisis emergency intervention plan and we had support from the provincial government and the Department of Envirnmental Affairs, Development and Planning, they assisted to ensure this was done evironmentally responsibly.”



Cape Town has a new apartheid.

Ashley Dawson is a climate activist and professor at the City University of New York. His latest book is “Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change.”

A person can survive only about three to five days without access to water. What about a city? This is not a hypothetical question: The thirsty city threatens to be the most dire social crisis of the 21st century.



Day Zero is called off for now, but restrictions retained.

Dam levels have been rising “consistently” and “significantly”, Ian Neilson, Deputy Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, said at a media briefing on Thursday, 28 June 2018.

Over the past few weeks, the drought-stricken city has been receiving a healthy amount of winter rain and Day Zero has been cancelled for this year and 2019.

According to the city, dam levels are sitting at just over 43%, with two more months of winter rainfall expected. In comparison, at the end of winter last year dam levels were at just 38%.

Despite the good rain, the city remains on level 6B water restrictions and consumers are encouraged to keep their usage down as the city continues to aim for a total usage of 450-million litres of water per day. Presently, consumption remains above 500-million litres per day.



Cape Town Scraps Desalination Barge Plan as Water Crisis Eases.

Cape Town’s city council scrapped plans to hire a desalination barge to supplement the city’s water supply after good winter rains helped ease the worst drought on record.

South Africa’s second-biggest city will continue implementing other projects to ensure taps don’t run dry, including curtailing usage by reducing the water pressure and tapping underground aquifers, said Xanthea Limberg, the mayoral committee member for water and waste services.



CoCT amends water by-laws to hit landlords and plumbers hard.

The City of Cape Town has approved a number of amendments to the water by-laws.

According to Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services Xanthea Limberg, the amendments include that new developments within the City must ensure water conservation and demand management systems as part of their planning applications.

The City will have to approve these applications beforehand.



This Innovative Technology Harvests Water from Cooling Towers.

To a researcher like Kripa Varanasi, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, a big nuclear power plant similar to the one that generates electricity near Cape Town, South Africa, is a fountain of water just waiting to be tapped.

The 1,800-megawatt Koeberg Station drinks in water from the nearby Atlantic Ocean and uses it as part of its thermal cooling cycle. Just as in other industrial settings, cooling towers are an inherent part of the power plant’s steam cycle.

As the reactor heats ultra-pure water to create steam to spin a turbine and generate electricity, a cloud forms and rises from the cooling towers, akin to the plume of “steam” that wafts from the brim of a hot cup of coffee.