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Cape Town’s water crisis: Can suburbia save the day?

9 Oct 2017 - 14:30

“By far the most water – 55.5% in 2015/16 – is used by the residents of Cape Town’s leafy suburbia – a lot of which goes into keeping the gardens looking good, filling swimming pools, etc,” says Prof Neil Armitage, director of UCT’s Urban Water Management research unit.

Do you live in one of Cape Town’s green and leafy suburbs? Then you have the power to make a difference to Cape Town’s current water crisis, says Professor Neil Armitage, director of the Urban Water Management research unit and deputy director of the Future Water research institute at UCT. Here’s why statements like, “But what about big business?” or “Isn’t a lot of water wasted in informal settlements?” just don’t hold much water.