#WaterWatch

Expert critiques CoCT Water Disaster Plan

The City of Cape Town on Wednesday released its critical water shortages disaster plan, which is in three phrases, to avoid acute water shortages.

Professor Anthony Turton, University of Free State's Centre for Environmental Management, believes the city began planning too late considering it has been aware of the problem since 2000.

Turton explained in detail a number of problems Capetonians and businesses might experience in the City's water plan.

As part of Phase 1, the City is planning to reduce water pressure and temporary supply interruptions water in the coming months which Turton thinks might be a bit problematic, especially for businesses.

Pressure reduction is all good and well until your building catches fire and you need water to kill it. Pressure reduction has substantial knock-on effects, particularly for the insurance industry and people who own assets that might go up in smoke.

Prof Anthony Turton, expert in water and water provision, UFS

Both desalination and wastewater recovery are regarded in this plan only as emergency measures. This I can't understand because both of these are viable options. The technology has proven that it's robust and you can get high-quality water out of those processes but it's also expensive infrastructure...

Prof Anthony Turton, expert in water and water provision, UFS

By talking about desalination and waste water recovery as emergency measures you are immediately disadvantaging those technologies by pushing those prices through the roof.

Prof Anthony Turton, expert in water and water provision, UFS

To hear more of this interview, listen below:

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

Nkosinathi Nkomo came up with a system that could turn grey water into usable water amidst the Cape Town water crisis.

This Cape Town man has been off the water grid by harvesting rainwater at home

This Cape Town man has been off the water grid by harvesting rainwater at home

Mechanical engineer Andy Cunninghame has proven that it is possible to save municipal water by harvesting and filtering rainwater.

City must give Capetonians details to avoid panic over water plan, says expert

Environmental expert Dr Kevin Winter says the City's new Water Shortages Disaster Plan has created confusion and little clarity.

Chemistry students develop mechanism that saves 3000 litres of water per week

Before this mechanism was developed the lab at Stellenbosch University was wasting more than 200 litres of water daily.

CoCT: No swimming pools are exempt from water restrictions

Cllr Xanthea Limberg answered the question as to why the City is still permitting building swimming pools permission to fill up.

Is the Colour Run going to waste too much scarce Cape Town water?

Green Point Ratepayers Association Events Committee's Paige Nick and Cllr Dave Bryant debate the water quantity pegged for event.

Popular articles
Are you eating good fish or bad fish?

Are you eating good fish or bad fish?

Author of Eat-Ting, Anna Trapido talks to #WeekendBreakfast host Phemelo Motene about the SASSI coded fish system.

[LISTEN] Five, grade five learners caught drinking alcohol at school

[LISTEN] Five, grade five learners caught drinking alcohol at school

Dr Sue Goldstein, Director at the Soul City Institute for Social Justice chats about parents drinking booze in front of children.

Why low sexual desire is not 'abnormal'

Why low sexual desire is not 'abnormal'

Low sex drive is common and non-sexual relationships can also be fulfilling, explains clinical sexologist Dr Eve.

Man wants end to six-year marriage after wife refuses to cook for him

Man wants end to six-year marriage after wife refuses to cook for him

Geoffrey Matovu filed for divorce in the Family Division of the High Court accusing Ms Tryphena Nakiyingi of being disrespectful.

Jerome Booysen of Sexy Boy's life could be under threat

Jerome Booysen of Sexy Boy's life could be under threat

A fight broke at a hospital where Booysen was admitted and it is believed Booysen was the target of the scuffle.

Estate agent Aida admits it’s the source of SA’s largest data hack ever

Estate agent Aida admits it’s the source of SA’s largest data hack ever

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Stuff magazine’s Toby Shapshak.

Going to be hard to look the other way - Steven Powell on FBI probing Guptas

Going to be hard to look the other way - Steven Powell on FBI probing Guptas

Bruce Whitfield interviews Peter Hain (Wits Business School) and Steven Powell (Director in Forensics at ENS Africa).

UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

Nkosinathi Nkomo came up with a system that could turn grey water into usable water amidst the Cape Town water crisis.