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Six major dams make up 99.6% of the volume of water in Cape Town’s water supply. Shutterstock

Cape Town’s water crisis: driven by politics more than drought

The water crisis in South Africa's Cape Town teaches us there's more at play than just rainfall. Disasters like droughts means the issue must be seen from many different perspectives, like politics.
Some homes in Cape Town are now harvesting rainwater from their roofs. Flickr/Inhabitat

How the world needs to change as regions get drier

Water is increasingly becoming scarce as the climate changes. There are four changes that cities can make to adapt to water scarcity.
Informal settlements in Cape Town only use 4.7% of the city’s water. Flickr/Blackwych

Cape Town water crisis: 7 myths that must be bust

There are a number of myths surrounding Cape Town's drought, one of them being that the city saw the crisis coming but didn't prepare for it.
Cape Town’s drought and associated water shortage has escalated disaster level. Flickr

Why Cape Town’s drought was so hard to forecast

Cape Town promised alternative water sources with the ongoing drought being declared a disaster. Its main strategy is water rationing but climate models are also being used.
In Cape Town, slowing down residential water use is hugely important, residents consume 65%. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

How Cape Town can win support for the next round of water cuts

It’s important for the city of Cape Town to inspire residential trust in water restrictions. Without this, the harsh effects of the drought will be exacerbated.
Water levels in Cape Town fell to 20% of their capacity. Lucy Rodina

Cape Town needs a new approach to manage water

Building resilience in Cape Town's water sector will require addressing risks like climate change, drought and flooding. Stormwater and groundwater are tipped as potential solutions.

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