water shortage

Cape Town’s taps could really run dry

Taps may run dry in the drought-stricken city of Cape Town and the south-western Cape, as dam levels drop and rainfall forecasts for the region over the next few months are no better than chance, local scientist Nicky Allsopp says. There is enough water in Cape Town’s dams to last[…]

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Israel blames Palestinians for water shortages

Israeli authorities blame Palestinians’ unwillingness to upgrade aging infrastructure as the primary reason for increased water shortages in the West Bank. Palestinians accuse their neighbors of blackmailing and holding water supplies hostage. Since the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Palestinian villages east of Nablus have been suffering[…]

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Cape could face water shortage next summer

The Western Cape government on Friday said it was of great concern that below average rainfall was predicted for the coming winter and could mean that water restrictions would be extended. Anton Bredell, the provincial minister for local government, environmental affairs and development planning, noted that dam levels were already[…]

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Relief for drought-hit areas in Western Cape

The Western Cape’s Disaster Management Centre has assured that it has enough resources in place to prevent taps running dry in areas most affected by drought, amid one of the country’s biggest water shortages in years. In the Western Cape, the agriculture sector in areas like the Central Karoo and[…]

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Department to brief Parliament on drought crisis

The Department of Water and Sanitation will brief the portfolio committee in Parliament about the status of the drought in South Africa on Wednesday. The department is expected to reveal its strategies and interventions in respect of the drought and the disbursement of relief to provinces. This comes as the[…]

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