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Water shortage crisis looming in South Africa

South Africa faces a massive water shortage in the near future, but contingency plans are already in place […]

Water crisis lies on the horizon

freshwater faces a double crunch – from a population explosion, which will drive up demand for food and energy, and the impact of climate change. […]

Desalination for Cape Town

The city wants to increase its water supplies and is now looking to the sea. […]

South Africa could run out of water: Molewa

“There have been many predictions and pronouncements in the past… that say South Africa will run out of [clean] water.” She said this was a possibility if South Africans did not help to prevent it […]

Water worthy of reflection

I cannot reconcile a booming population with an arid country. All I can see down the line is trouble — and one element of the trouble is that so few people are exercised about it. So long as they can turn a tap and water gushes out, they’re happy. But wait until turning taps becomes […]

Rainwater harvesting system must for all new buildings

The rainwater harvesting plan encourages those who can afford to build houses to take care of their own best interest. […]

Regions with water disputes

Regions where water disputes are fuelling tensions South Asia

India is home to three major river systems – the Ganges, Brahmaputra and the Indus – which support 700 million people. As an upstream nation, it controls water flows to Bangladesh to the east and Pakistan to the west. India and Pakistan are both building hydropower […]

Western Cape Dam levels July 2012

Even with the rains that fell around Cape Town last week , not much of this water fell in the catchment area of our dams. This could give Capetonians a false sence of relief regarding the water security for the summer ahead. […]

Clean water not its responsibility, says department

THE Department of Water and Environmental Affairs is passing the buck on who should be responsible for providing communities with clean drinking water.

Its spokesman, Mava Scott, yesterday argued that the constitution placed the responsibility of providing water services to communities on local municipalities, not on Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa , or […]

Water flows through heart of sustainability challenges

TEN years ago, SA was the focal point of the world media as the host country of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Held a decade after the iconic Rio Earth Summit, the WSSD produced a conceptual leap in understanding that sustainable development is about more than environmental activism and the balance of nature. […]