Cape Town steps up water testing in response to residents’ concerns

Scientific Services Branch in Athlone

City’s Water and Sanitation Department’s Scientific Services has increased the frequency of monitoring and analysis of water supplied at the City’s various water treatment works.

"The City of Cape Town is experiencing a persistent drought that has seen our dam storage levels drop to an unprecedented low. 
This week dam storage levels further declined to 36,2%.

25th Coronation Double Century 2017 in Swellendam this weekend

A team’s time is decided by the 6th rider to cross the finish line

For the majority of the 3 200 riders, this 202km team event is a test of endurance and friendship, but for a few teams, it is all about the win.

If it’s November, and it’s cycling, it must be Coronation Double Century time. 
The seeding system the event uses ensures the slowest teams start first (at an eyelid-cracking 5am), and the potential winners two-and-a-half hours later.

The Most Overlooked FREE Water Source

The stewardship path to abundance (

Rainwater harvesting can be done with simple earth shaping – swales, berms, depressions, and other landforms - that capture and absorb the rain, instead of letting it run away. 

Cape Town receives 2-3 times more rainwater than its annual requirement, so why are we not using this and where does it go?
It runs off roads, paved areas and roofs and literally goes down the drain into storm water pipes and out to sea. 
While people are scrambling for rainwater harvesting tanks and installing

WATER CRISIS: Day Zero has moved to 13 May 2018

Day Zero can be avoided
Day Zero: when is it, what is it, and how can we avoid it?  Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, explains.
"In October I said that if consumption is not reduced to 500 million litres of collective usage per day – or put plainly: every Capetonian uses no more than 87 litres each per day – we were looking at about March 2018 when supply of municipal water would not be available.
I am pleased to announce that due to the efforts

Shoals of yellow tail in False Bay may attract great white sharks

See Shark Spotter hours, below

In-shore shark activity usually increases over the summer months, especially with the current yellow tail sightings.

The first large shoals of yellow tail for the summer were spotted in False Bay over the weekend.

Additional drinking water online from springs and Molteno Reservoir

Exec Mayor at Oranjezicht Main Springs Chamber

The first water from the Oranjezicht Main Springs Chamber started flowing into the Molteno Reservoir on 8 November 2017. 

"This is part of the City of Cape Town’s ongoing Water Resilience Programme to increase the supply of drinking water.
This project will see an additional two million litres per day of safe, clean drinking water added to the City’s bulk water network.
Three springs feed into

Belhar social housing in Cape Town first to receive green light for water and energy savings

Belhar Gardens boasts 630 social housing units

Belhar Gardens social housing development is the first affordable housing project in South Africa to be recognised for its water and energy saving design by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

This is a significant achievement, and will assist Cape Town’s water saving efforts while at the same time making the rental units more affordable for tenants. 
The Belhar Gardens development, situated on the corner of Carmen End and Symphony Way, was completed in August this year.
The development boasts 6

Cape Town cements support for the arts

On stage celebrating signing of memorandum of understanding

City approves R2 million worth of grant-in-aid funding to the Artscape Theatre to support the Audience Development and Education Programme, focusing on youth, gender, vulnerable groups, heritage and culture, and the resource centre. 

The City is supporting projects that seek to bring access to the arts to audiences who would not otherwise have the opportunity.

In line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, the City actively seeks to partner with organisations to help build integrated communities and support cultural events and activities.

The Big Issue #258 is available

t's more than just a good deed; it's a damn good read

The Big Issue #258 is available from your favourite vendor across the city - be sure not to miss out on another great issue.

The amazing Phelelani Ndakroka, one of Zip Zap Academy’s star pupils is featured in this month’s issue. The acrobat is proof that it’s not always how you start, but more about how you run and end your race that matters.

Refurbished Atlantis Aquifer provides increased water supply to Atlantis and Mamre

"This plant we are visiting is one of several sites for alternative water sources which form part of our Water Resilience Plan," Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille.

Extract of speech delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at a visit to the Atlantis Aquifer on 2 November 2017. 
"The City is doing everything in its power to ensure additional supply, including finding and hiring the country’s best team of experts who are working 80-hour week
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