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Drought Spurs Water Innovation in Western Cape

25 May 2017
Research Note

On 16 May 2017, the City of Cape Town, South Africa applied for level 4 water restrictions, as persistent drought has put the Western Cape Water Supply System at significant risk.

The city’s response highlights the broader impacts of climate volatility on municipalities, globally, and their push to adopt more innovative water supply and management strategies.

In this Research Note, Bluefield water experts analyze Cape Town’s drought mitigation strategies, including investment in reuse and desalination, and water management devices. More recent analysis on global municipal water markets.


  • City to bolster water supplies from water reuse and desalination
  • Efforts to address network inefficiencies not enough to weather unrelenting drought.
  • City turns to water management devices (WMDs) and improved metering to reduce demand.

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