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Scientists Project Increased Risk To Water Supplies In South Africa This Century

Via Terra Daily, an article on scientific projections around increased risk sto water supplies in South Africa this century: In 2018, Cape Town, South Africa’s second most populous city, came very close to running out of water as the multi-year “Day Zero” drought depleted its reservoirs. Since then, researchers from Stanford University determined that climate […]

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Cape Town Risk of ‘Day Zero’ Drought Seen Rising

Via Smart Water Magazine, a report on Cape Town’s water challenge: Cape Town faces an 80% higher chance of another ‘Day Zero’ drought by the end of the century if greenhouse gas-emissions keep rising at current rates, research showed on Monday, as the South African city races to safeguard water supplies. Following a 2018 drought […]

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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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