“Bridging waters” was the first of a series of events to be held at UCT’s Future Water Research Institute, a transdisciplinary initiative that enables researchers to work collaboratively in water science, engineering and society, in order to think differently about water capture, use, handling, treatment and management. Water Sensitive Design is one of Future Water’s flagship projects. Continue reading “Bridging Waters event”
Click on the link below to download the list in .xls format:
In light of Cape Town’s water restrictions, the Cape Green Forum coordiated a workshop: Water restrictions as a catalyst for positive change. Continue reading “Resilient Landscaping Workshop”
Over the past few months, GreenCape has focused its support on assisting businesses adapt to the drought. They have seen a significant increase in the uptake of water technologies and services, with a number of investment opportunities emerging in the water sector.
See the full report – https://www.greencape.co.za/assets/Uploads/20180326-GreenCape-Water-MIR-LR.pdf
Marijke Honig made this one page summary for a landscaper’s ‘water audit’. The idea is to work out a kind of water budget for the property, and design accordingly.
This could of course become a much more detailed checklist or planning tool.
Any comments/ feedback?
Green Cape has put together this useful planning tool for water management and saving.
Many people in the industry have emphasized the need to do steps 1, 2 and 3 BEFORE considering alternate water.
Unfortunately the water crisis has meant that many people/ businesses have skipped straight to step 4: installing a borehole, without doing the metering and monitoring, and water saving technologies and behaviours first.
We can help raise awareness and educate clients in this 4 step planning process. Please share the tool widely!
Feedback and presentation downloads from the recent information session held by GreenCape…..
The message was still that it is illegal to use borehole water in the home or any other source of water other than municipal in the home. The main issue is danger of contamination of potable water supply. However, if you are going to try and use your own high quality underground water in the home or workplace, then you MUST install an RPZ (reduced pressure zone) backflow preventor. Available from Equilibrium water, Byron Griffiths (083 296 7533), to be installed by qualified plumber.
The meeting included a Geohydrologist explaining the water situation, the necessity of managing ground water discharge rate and the requirement for submitting applications for new boreholes and licensing boreholes. The time frame for licensing a borehole could take up to 300 working days, not practical in terms of business applications and Helen Davies who heads up CCC Business Support mentioned she would look in to ways of streamlining this process for businesses.
Cherise Viljoen of Kirstenbosch, talks about “Guilt-free Gardening” on Pippa’s Planet, Cape Talk. Have a listen….
Just Trees are saving close to 50% on water by using a simple cake dome top – so clever, watch this video clip
Here are the benefits:
– Stops overspray
– Traps all the spray mist in the dome and thus onto the rootball
– Prevents strong SE winds from dispersing the irrigation water
– Less overspray means less weeds on the ground around the bags because they no longer get watered every time we irrigate
– Moisture that would normally evaporate now condensates on the inside of the dome and then drips down into the rootball
– Less weed seeds get into the bags
– Clear plastic allows the trunk to remain sun strong
Any nursery can do the same! Why not try them out yourself, then send us your ideas…..