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Cape Town Taps Into ‘One Of World’s Biggest Aquifers’

Via Times Live, a report on Cape Town’s inaugural use of a new source of underground water: Not long ago, Cape Town stood on the threshold of being the first major city in the world to run out of water. And while this was ultimately avoided, the city took no chances. In a move to end […]

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Where Water Used To Be

Courtesy of The London Review of Books, an article on global water scarcity: On? the second to last day of last year, I got on a flight to Mexico City. Four hours in, we were told we needed to make an emergency landing in Houston. The captain had noticed an oil leak shortly after we […]

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Is Cape Town Really Past ‘Day Zero’?

Via China Water Risk, a look at Cape Town and whether it is truly past ‘Day Zero’: A 50L/person/day water restriction & 40% farm use reduction were key to staving off ‘Day Zero’; combined with returned rainfall has bought time to find sustainable management approaches Key challenges to overcome include the supply-demand gap, political finger […]

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Thirsty Cities Drill For Water

Via Circle of Blue, an article on the promise and peril of drilling for groundwater:  In the mountains east of the city, just beyond the curving road up Sir Lowry’s Pass, workers maneuver heavy machinery to stab at the ground near Steenbras Dam, drilling deeply with steel pipes to bring forth water. They are trying […]

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A Water Apartheid

Via The Washington Post, an OpEd on Cape Town and the peril / promise of urban life in an era 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 […]

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Global Cities Facing Water Risks

Via IWA’s The Source, an interesting look at some of the water challenges facing several of the world’s most at-risk cities: Water visions precede action. Yet it’s easy to offer “building blocks” to plan “sustainable urban water systems” that inform and govern “resilient and liveable cities.” What’s hard is showing how and where to implement […]

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