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

Water crisis: it makes no difference to us, say residents of informal settlements

Cuts won’t affect households who get their water from standpipes anyway


News | 6 November 2017

Is Cape Town’s drought the new normal?

Here is what climate science tells us


Science | 1 November 2017

Western Cape needs half-a-billion rand for water crisis

MP demands to know why National Disaster Management Centre refused requests for help, yet underspent its budget by R300m


Parliament | 26 October 2017

What is government doing about Cape Town’s water crisis?

There are a number of projects underway, but it’s not yet clear if it’s enough


Feature | 18 July 2017

Paddling across Cape Town

The health of the city can be seen in the condition of its waterways


Opinion | 15 June 2017

Researchers test nifty way to save water in informal settlement

“One of the things that we’ve done badly across Africa… is deal with the surface runoff”


Solutions | 14 June 2017

Some Cape Town homes without water at night as City tries to find right pressure

Councillor urges residents to report problems


Brief | 6 June 2017

What happens when the dams run dry?

Mayor Patricia de Lille: “We are going to have to cut the water off for long hours like with load-shedding”


News | 19 May 2017

What needs to be done about Cape Town’s water crisis

“Decision making … is now lagging too far behind our current reality”


News | 18 May 2017

Here’s where to find data on Cape Town’s water crisis

Government, the weather service and academics need to do better at making data and analysis of the water crisis available


News | 17 May 2017

What’s causing Cape Town’s water crisis?

Population growth, drought and climate change threaten the city’s water supply


News | 16 May 2017

In photos: Cape Town’s water crisis

Perilous state of city’s water supply is starkly visible

Text by Trevor Bohatch. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks.

Photo Essay | 15 May 2017

Drought: Cape Town may ban swimming pool top-ups

City’s water use still not down to target levels


News | 13 April 2017

Cape Town’s taps could really run dry

No guarantee of winter rain, scientists say


News | 3 April 2017

This water crisis won’t be Cape Town’s last

It’s time to implement long-term strategies in the face of climate change and population growth


Analysis | 17 February 2017

Cape Town’s precarious water supply

Drought has left dams very low but the City is taking steps to secure the future water supply


Feature | 8 June 2016