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CT looks at ocean for useable water

The City of Cape Town will know by the end of the year whether it is able to build its own desalination plant.

The City of Cape Town will know by the end of the year whether it is able to build its own desalination plant.  Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town said on Monday it should know before the end of the year whether it will be able to build its own desalination plant.

The municipality said it's commissioned a study to see whether this would be feasible.

The city wants to increase its water supplies and is now looking to the sea.

The city's Ernest Sonnenberg said, "Because we are a coastal city we must look at water security. The city has now put out a tender and the objective of the tender is to get a study that will inform us of the possibility of a salt water desalination plant."

Sonnenberg said they are mulling over the idea of building the largest desalination plant on the continent.

"The study will tell us what the feasibilities are of these plans we envisage."