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Hosted by FWI, AquaSavvy is a campaign about Water Sensitivity aiming to inspire and guide individuals, groups, and corporates to become more water sensitive. A big part of doing this is translating academic research into everyday language, and to share examples (case studies), images, icons and step-by-step guides that help people to make decisions about water.
Developed by researchers at the iCOMMS group, in collaboration with FWI, the DropDrop App is a stand-alone app for Android devices that helps individuals track their water consumption. It allows users to track their daily water usage, and view their estimated monthly water bills, as well as access information about the water system, water conservation methods, and municipal contacts.
The Peninsula Paddle is a fun yet gruelling 15km kayak journey from Muizenberg to Milnerton, that is used to draw attention to the state of Cape Town’s urban rivers. The Peninsula Paddle raises a critical message:
The health of a city is seen in its waterways.
Waterways are blue and green corridors that are the veins of the city connecting well-established suburbs to some of the poorest areas. We all share the waterways. What gets discarded and poured into stormwater drains will finds its way to the sea.
Over 100 paddlers take up the challenge each year. Along the way they get a close-up view of the city’s waterways, seeing first-hand the accumulated litter, aquatic weeds and contaminated water that regularly flows into the canals and lakes.
Anyone can participate in this annual event at no cost. All you need is a kayak (we can help you to organise one) and the guts to paddle from Muizenberg to Milnerton!
1003 water-sensitive cities: prospects for Cape Town
In 2018, Dr Kevin Winter coordinated a course at the UCT Summer School, called "1003 water-sensitive cities: prospects for Cape Town".
Below are key presentations from the course, as well as two other relevant presentations:
Making Waveforms (Short Course)
Making Waveforms is an outdoor-education-meets-art-activism program championing global water justice hosted by Rhodes University's Environmental Learning Research Centre in collaboration with FWI. Through experiential learning, demonstrations and a number of field trips (e.g., water sports, riverside soundwalks), participants are asked to explore their relationships with water. They are paired with local Knowledge Keepers and are tasked with building meaningful connections over a period of five weeks, to create short, site-specific videos to raise awareness about the importance of healthy waterways.
(2019) Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers Seminars
In 2019, Neil Armitage (FWI Deputy Director) and Ryan Winston (Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering at Ohio State University) ran seminars around South Africa, sponsored by the Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa, on Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers (PICP).
PICP are an increasingly popular solution for managing stormwater in urban areas as they don’t take up any space. Although they have been successfully used the world over for this purpose, many of the existing installations in South Africa are failing – possibly due to lack of proper environmental control and maintenance. Bio-cells offer a similar solution to PICP – taking up some space but with less risk of failure than PICP.
These seminars considered best practice for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of PICP and bio-retention cells in South Africa drawing on extensive use of both devices in the USA.
See Neil’s presentation on PICP & Biofilters, and Ryan’s presentation on Bioretention Cell Performance, Construction, and Maintenance.
(2018) Bridging Waters Conversation Series
In late 2017 and through 2018, FWI held the Bridging Waters Conversation Series, where we talked about water sensitivity in a transdisciplinary way.
Below is a list of what each conversation focused on:
(2017) Future Water Research Symposium
In July 2017 FWI held a research symposium that focused on “Equity and efficiency in allocating water in South Africa: challenging attitudes, changing behaviours”. Read about some of the reflections of the symposium round table discussions, as well as the lessons learnt from the event.
Online courses about water
These courses are not offered by FWI, but are a selection of (mostly) freely available online courses about water issues, for specialists and non-specialists alike.
If you know of any interesting courses that should be listed here, please contact us.
Below we list several water fora that members of FWI use (though please note that this list is only a subset of what is available online).
Tel: +27 21 650 5317