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Fear of a dry future for Cape Town

A scarce supply of water may become Cape Town’s defining feature, and the city has already been touted as one of the first major cities in the world that could run out of water. This was the warning from City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson, who spoke on Sunday at the WISA 2018 […]

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Rainwater Harvesting Calculator – South Africa

How much rainwater can you harvest from your rooftop? You need to know your rooftop surface area and local annual rainfall to calculate how much rainwater you can harvest. To calculate your rooftop surface area (approximately), use a tape measure or meter stick to measure a walking stride that is 1 meter in length. Then, […]

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Harvesting H2o: A prepper’s guide to the collection, treatment, and storage of drinking water while living off the grid (eBook)

How to find, purify, filter, and store clean drinking water is of primary importance to preppers and off-grid homesteaders. Water is the element that sustains all life, but most of the earth’s surface water is unsafe for human consumption. Nicholas Hyde’s latest work may well become the most important reference book in your survival kit.  […]

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Water Vapour Harvesting by the Namib Desert Beetle

The wing covers of the Namib desert beetle gather water from the air using nanoscale bumps. The Namibian Beetle (Stenocara gracilipes) lives in one of the driest deserts in the world, the Namib on the southwest coast of Africa, but obtains all of the water it needs from ocean fog due to the unique surface […]

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Tips for installing rain water tanks

This article is from an Australian source but the tips and guidelines presented here are equally relevant to South Africa and most other countries. Some forethought is required when implementing a rainwater harvesting system – the water tank being the main component but there are other fittings, pipes, pumps and accessories to consider too. There […]

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Water Harvesting in Desert Conditions

While most parts of South Africa cannot be classified as desert, the country as a whole receives annual rainfall that is below the global average and is classified as a water scarce nation.  This article presents some good tips and ideas about making the most of rainwater harvesting and rain water tanks. Living in a […]

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Rainwater Collection: Affordable Conservation

As the article below states, rainwater harvesting is addictive!  Once you see how a simple rain barrel or drum can be set up easily and cheaply, most people want to harvest more of this precious and free resouce.  By all means start small (and inexpensively) with a simple rain water system then, once you are […]

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What Can Renters Do to Harvest Rain Water (Without Breaking the Law)?

Fortunately, in South Africa there are no such restrictions or laws governing rainwater harvesting or rain tanks, as there are in some states and counties in the US.  Should you be renting, your landlord may be very happy to cover part- or all of the cost of rain water tank installation as water conservation systems, […]

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In a Cold Climate? Keep These Things in Mind When Water Harvesting

Although cold-climate water harvesting is not particularly relevant to most South African conditions, the tips and facts presented in the article below are interesting nonetheless and there are some suggestions and considerations that are universal when it comes to rain harvesting and rain water tanks. Water harvesting is gaining in popularity as more inhabitants of […]

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