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Background: There is limited data on the association between diarrhoea among children aged under five years (U5D) and water use, sanitation, hygiene, and socio-economics factors in low-income communities. The study investigated U5D and the associated risk factors in the Zeekoe catchment in Cape Town, South Africa. Methods: A cross-sectional stud...
South Africa is a water stressed country with average annual rainfall of about 450 mm (well below 860 mm world average) and low stream flow. In Cape Town, limits of conventional water resources i.e. from reservoirs, have effectively been reached and in 2018, the city faced the prospect of taps running dry because of the prolonged exceptional drough...
South Africa has been facing significant challenges in meeting demands in its water and energy sectors in recent years and planning for both sectors has mostly been done separately. The City of Cape Town has started to supplement its dwindling conventional freshwater supplies with groundwater, wastewater and seawater, in light of the drought that c...
By 2030 the Republic of South Africa (RSA), a developing country, is predicted to be severely impacted by physical water scarcity. 2015 was one of the driest years on record, leaving many towns with extremely compromised water supply systems whilst also limiting food production across the country. This is placing pressure on the already fragile eco...
The Liveable Neighbourhoods project is a continuation of the Water Sensitive Design Flagship Project. Techniques that can be used to contribute to water sensitivity include rainwater harvesting (RWH) and stormwater harvesting (SWH), sustainable (urban) drainage systems (SuDS), Water Conservation and Water Demand Management (WCWDM), water efficient devices, greywater harvesting, and groundwater use linked to managed aquifer recharge (MAR). While research on individual WSD technologies in South Africa has now achieved a level of maturation, there is still a need for contextually-relevant investigations that integrate engineering and ecological insights with detailed urban and architectural design investigations. This project is a WRC-funded collaboration between Architecture, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Civil Engineering and Bioprocess Engineering, with advisors from Landscape Architecture and beyond. We would like, in realistic ways, to engage with these cultural barriers by working closely with residents and property developers in an existing neighbourhood. The challenge for WSD is in finding the right suite of methods for a specific context taking into account social, economic and financial risks while safeguarding public health and enhancing a full range of ecosystem services. Our intention in this research is to explore pathways for the regeneration of a 1 km2 precinct using WSD principles at various scales. We aim to uncover measurable benefits, insights and lessons for applying WSD in the city.