This content was originally published on The Resilience Shift website. The Resilience Shift, a 5-year programme supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and hosted by Arup, transitioned at the end of 2021 to become Resilience Rising. You can read more about The Resilience Shift’s journey and the transition to Resilience Rising here.
The City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA) helps cities plan and implement actions to build resilient urban water systems. A critical first step in this process is understanding the local water system, and the factors that contribute to or detract from resilience.
This report details research undertaken in Cape Town,South Africa with the goals to:
1. Define the city water basin including natural basin(s), the urban water system and its governance structure, and the interdependencies with other systems; and 2. Identify the factors contributing to the resilience of the city water system and those increasing its vulnerability.
In developing this characterisation report, the Arup team collected desktop data on the biophysical characteristics of the basin and key actors in the water system. Arup then undertook a field mission in Cape Town 18–30 June 2018 to build on the desktop work by engaging in-person with stakeholders.