Desalinated sea water for city in four years

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 23 April 2010

By: Jeremy Westgarth-Taylor
Pioneer of Water Rhapsody Conservation Systems and winner of a WWF Green Trust Award

The Table Mountain fossil aquifer has been there for millions of years. Extraction would permanently reduce the amount of water.

Water and Environmental Affairs (DWEA) Minister Buyelwa Sonjica has said that her department was forging ahead with plans to supply desalinated water to Cape Town, and furthermore extract water from the Table Mountain (TM) aquifer.

As mentioned in the article, all rivers in the Western Cape have been dammed, and the maximum amount of water is being extracted. There is no more water that can possibly be squeezed from our rivers.  What was not said is that this water is used, polluted and largely wasted to rivers around the Western Cape with concomitant damage to riverine and marine life.

The focus has always been and remains to supply more and more water.

Now DWEA are looking at other ways, hence the aquifer extraction and sea water desalination. Has the Minister not been advised by scientists that by extracting fossil water from the TM aquifer, the relatively finite amount of water in the aquifer is being permanently reduced for all practical intents and purposes. This is a fossil aquifer, and has been there for millions of years. Not only would extraction permanently reduce the amount of water in the aquifer, but it would also jeopardise plant and animal life as well as rivers within the aquifer system. If you for instance pump water out near Cape Town, there will be a lessening of available water as far as Port Elizabeth! Continue reading

Cape Town commits to Earth Hour 2010

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 11 March 2010

On 27 March iconic buildings and landmarks in cities and towns around the world will go dark for WWF’s Earth Hour. The City of Cape Town is one of more than 1,100 cities and towns across the world who have already committed their support for Earth Hour.

Table Mountain at night. Photo by SteveG

As part of the city’s participation in this global event Table Mountain will go dark for Earth Hour, a symbolic act calling on leaders from around the world to respond decisively to the dangers of climate change.

“We cannot escape the fact that the planet is warming rapidly due to human activity.” said Mayor Dan Plato.

“If we fail to respond to the impending threat, this generation will start facing the disastrous consequences of uncontrolled climate change. If we act swiftly a climate crisis can be averted.”

In addition to the mountain going dark, the mayor’s office has requested that all municipal buildings be a part of the switch-off event on 27 March.

WWF is calling all cities and towns across the country to commit to supporting Earth Hour and to pledge to reduce their own carbon footprint by visiting