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'Cape Town will not run out of water'

The City of Cape Town has issued its plans for augmenting water from new sources other than dams.

City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille briefing the media about the city’s 'Water Resilience Plan'. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Getting water from sources other than dams, that’s the City of Cape Town aim as it has issued its plans for augmenting water from new sources other than dams.

New augmentation schemes which include desalination plants and aquifers are aimed at producing an additional 500 million litres of water per day.

Mayor Patricia de Lille says the municipality is on top of the water situation.

“The new normal is that we’re going to have a permanent drought in the City of Cape Town but we want to give the people of Cape Town an assurance that this well-run city will not run out of water.”

She says the city is trying new ways to access an additional 500 million litres of water per day as it can no longer rely on rainfall.

“The methodologies that we’re going to use is to look at desalination, use of underground water and reusing waste water.”

De Lille says the first tender for a land-based desalination plant has already been issued, with another twenty tenders expected to be put out in the coming weeks.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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