City of CT expediting emergency water schemes

The municipality has already been experimenting with water recycling at its Zandvliet wastewater works.

FILE: The Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town is expediting emergency water schemes, in the hope that some will be operational by the end of June.

The municipality has already been experimenting with water recycling at its Zandvliet wastewater works and desalination.

But mayoral committee member for utilities Xanthea Limberg warns residents still have to continue using water sparingly.

Mayco member Xanthea Limberg says two locations have been earmarked along the West Coast for a small-scale desalination plant that can produce between two and five million litres of water a day.

The city is also planning to drill boreholes to access the Table Mountain and Cape Flats aquifers by the end of June.

“All the emergency supply scheme projects will be to supplement our potable or drinking water supply.”

Limberg says the city is contemplating reducing the daily consumption target to 600 million litres a day.