Governance analysis of water crisis in Cape Town

Governance analysis of water crisis in Cape Town

Early 2018, the city of Cape Town came within weeks of Day Zero - when the taps would be turned off and emergency water rations imposed across the city - as dams ran dry amid one of the worst droughts in the Western Cape in living memory. Following this most recent drought period (2015–2018), local authorities were tasked with restructuring policy to include climate change adaptation strategies. Our paper describes an evaluation of the water governance processes required to implement Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in Cape Town - with a specific focus on the barriers to, and opportunities for those processes related to wastewater treatment, flood risk and the pressing issue of water scarcity. The City Blueprint Approach (CBA) was selected as the indicator assessment approach for this task together with the governance capacity analysis. More info and our publication can be found here.