Construction of CT desalination plant to begin in November

Officials says the facility will feed two million litres of water into the City's water distribution networks by February next year.

Former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille visits the site earmarked for a desalination plant at the V&A Waterfront on Sunday, 29 October 2017. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Construction at one of Cape Town's desalination plants is scheduled to begin next month in the drought-affected city.

Mayor Patricia De Lille visited the site at the V&A Waterfront earlier on Sunday.

Officials says the facility will feed two million litres of water into the City's water distribution networks by February next year.

De Lille says the municipality will continue to look for other sources of drinking water.

“I want to thank Capetonians and commend them for rising to the occasion to save more water in our City because we are determined that we will not allow a well-run City to run out of water.”

V&A Waterfront Chief Executive Officer David Green says operations in close proximity to the plant will not be affected.

“It’s perfectly located because we can draw water from the harbour side and we inject the water, the brine, on the ocean side. At peak we have about 7-meter tidal waves, which means that there is no issue in terms of marine life, the brine is cleared immediately.”