Cape Town is running out of water

Cape Town is running out of water

Helicopters release water bombs to stop the wildfire but they are afraid to use salty sea water because that damages the vegetation.

Cape Town, South Africa is running out of water. The city has been struck by severe drought and there is enough water for just 100 days.

Just like Sao Paulo in 2015, citizens are asked to conserve and reduce their water supply. Kevin Winter, lecturer at the University of Cape Town Environmental and Geographical Sciences: 

“We can’t see any rain on the horizon. And right now, in terms of dam storage levels, we’re probably approaching the ‘100 days left of storage.

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Ford recycled over 65% wastewater

Ford recycled over 65% wastewaterIn 2000, Ford launched it’s Global Water Conservation Initiative. Global manufacturing facilities were ordered to decrease their water use.

The multinational succeeded. Since 2000, Ford saved more than 10.5 billion gallons of water – a 62.4% reduction.

Per vehicle, water use has decreased nearly 45 percent from 2000 to 2009. Read More

Israel’s best practices how to win drought

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Drip irrigation’s compostable plastic pipes for sustainable agriculture

Israel’s turnaround came with a seven-year drought, one of the most severe to hit modern Israel, that began in 2005 and peaked in the winter of 2008 to 2009.

The country needed to introduce measures and become drought resistant.

Now, the country has enough water for people, industries and agri.

What did they do? Lessons learned from a country where every drop of water counts.
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33% aquifers under stress

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Scientist can’t say for sure how much water is left in the aquifers

According to a new study from researchers at the University of California and NASA about 33% of the aquifers is under stress.

New data from NASA Grace-satellites show that many big aquifers all over the world are being sucked dry at a rate far greater than they can be replenished.  Read More

Tokyo nr. 1, water stressed cities of the world

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Nr. 1 water stressed metropool Tokyo. Picture of the Skyline of Tokyo, with Mount Fuji in the backyard

Want to know which cities suffer from water stress? The Nature Conservancy has published a list of the top 20 of cities with water stress.

Over 500 cities around the world were investigated. In (big) cities like Tokyo, Shanghai and LA, a large number of people in a relatively small area puts a lot of pressure on water supplies, especially during times of drought.  Read More

Clean water stress Malaysia because it leaks

More than 4.27 billion liters of clean water get lost in Malaysia every day because of aging pipes. This hughes leaks cause water stress of a shortage. Experts warn that more will be wasted unless drastic measures are taken.

Malaysian clean water stress

Malaysian clean water stress

Malaysian Water Association (MWA) president Syed Mohamad Adnan Alhabshi said more than RM20bil had to be spent to replace the country’s 43,890km-long asbestos-cement pipes to fix the problems.

 

 

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