Cape Town water crisis

What if we turn on the taps and nothing comes out? With dam levels at record lows and rain still not falling, this is a serious threat facing a city of four million people. GroundUp did an in-depth investigation of the water crisis.

GroundUp's investigation into the water crisis

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Useful articles on other sites

The University of Cape Town has an excellent series on the Cape Town water crisis.

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Articles on Cape Town water crisis

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Cape Town is paying for national government failures, say officials

Ian Neilson warns that Day Zero is still possible: water consumption needs to drop to 450 million litres daily

By John Yeld - 1 March 2018
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Rush to drill for water threatens our future water supply

Extracting water from the Table Mountain Group aquifer threatens biodiversity and makes little difference to Day Zero

By Jasper Slingsby - 28 February 2018
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Water restrictions hit Cape Town’s homeless

“We might stay on the streets, but we want to be clean”

By Thembela Ntongana - 28 February 2018
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What is the future of Cape Town’s water supply?

Here are the pros and cons of desalination, groundwater and recycling

By GroundUp Staff - 27 February 2018
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Stop the drought conspiracy theories

Hateful messages by ideologues can harm Jewish-Muslim relations

By Nathan Geffen - 26 February 2018
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No water, no business, say Khayelitsha businesses

SJC conducts water audit in informal settlements

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 13 February 2018
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Drought: the silence of the city councillors

Only seven out of 20 replied to our questions on the water crisis

By Ashraf Hendricks and Mary-Anne Gontsana - 9 February 2018
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City’s model shows how we can avoid Day Zero

Getting household consumption down is key

By GroundUp Staff - 30 January 2018

Hundreds protest against City over water crisis

“Day zero an invention of the City” says a protest leader

By Ashraf Hendricks - 29 January 2018
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Drought: City answers your questions

Ian Neilson, JP Smith and Priya Reddy respond to readers’ questions

By GroundUp Staff - 27 January 2018
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Have you started your water committee yet?

Here’s how we’re preparing for Day Zero

By Murray Hunter - 26 January 2018
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It’s already Day Zero in Siyahlala

Living with 20 litres of water a day

By Peter Luhanga - 26 January 2018
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Day Zero and Cape Town’s cacophony of chaos

Mmusi Maimane’s approach to the water crisis is wrong

By GroundUp Editors - 24 January 2018
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How severe is the drought? An analysis of the latest data

Facts are few, opinions plenty, on the cause of the water crisis

By Piotr Wolski - 22 January 2018
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Facts and myths about Cape Town’s water crisis

As Day Zero approaches, nonsense is being spread

By GroundUp Staff - 18 January 2018
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Coalition calls for new measures to tackle drought

Fears grow as “Day Zero” looms closer

By Ashraf Hendricks - 16 January 2018