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City of CT seeks solutions to improve water resilience

The City of Cape Town has issued a request for information to gauge interest in the market for establishing plants that can supply potable water.

FILE: Tire tracks run through what used to be the bottom of the Theewaterskloof Dam. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town is reaching out to industry to propose solutions to improve the city’s water resilience.

It’s issued a request for information to gauge interest in the market for establishing plants that can supply potable water.

Last week, the city council supported the creation of a water resilience task team to work on ways to augment the city’s response to the drought.

Dam levels are up marginally over the past week and now stand at 23.1%.

Dam levels have increased 1.8% over a week ago.

But still, residents are using too much water more than 40 million litres a day over the 600 million litres per day target.

GRAPHIC: Dam water levels for the week of 19 June.

The city on Monday issued a call for submissions to gauge the interest of entities to form partnerships with the city to supply and operate temporary water plants, that can produce between 100 million and 500 million litres of potable water a day.

Mayoral spokesperson Zara Nicholson says the city wants to become less reliant on surface water.

“It is contemplated that these plants can use reverse osmosis, desalination or similar technology from sea water, surface water sources or treated run-off.”

The closing date for responses to the request for information is 10 July.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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