CT ramps up construction of desalination projects

A nine week construction period is planned for the first phase of one of seven water projects in Cape Town.

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CAPE TOWN – A nine week construction period is planned for the first phase of one of seven water projects in Cape Town.

They'll tap millions of litres of additional water to homes in the Mother City.

Among the projects is the Monwabisi desalination plant, one of the City of Cape Town’s seven desalination projects.

Desalination is a process that produces fresh drinking water by removing salt and impurities from salt water. The Monwabisi plant is a salt water reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant.

Other projects include desalination plants at Strandfontein, the V&A Waterfront and Cape Town Harbour, as well as the Atlantis and Cape Flats aquifer projects. The Zandvliet water recycling project will also contribute to the city’s efforts. Collectively, these projects will produce an additional 196 million litres per day between February and July 2018.

In addition, the city has 12 projects at an advanced planning stage.

The City of Cape Town's Xanthea Limberg explains: “For the first days, the projects are largely being developed with city’s savings and reprioritisation of funds. All plants will comply with national legislation, as agreed with the national ruling bodies. This legislation provides some fast-track measures for disaster relief projects like these.

“Even so, to ensure appropriate controls and governance, the city has established an Emergency Water
Augmentation Environmental Monitoring Committee with representatives from all relevant government spheres and departments to oversee the monitoring of the additional supply projects. The committee will also oversee the closure and removal phase at the end of the contracts.”

In addition, the Strandfontein plant site preparation is set to commence which will also produce 7 million litres of water per day when in full production.

The evaluation of a tender for a temporary desalination plant on East Pier Road at the V&A Waterfront is in its final stages. This plant is to be located in an open-air parking lot opposite the heliports, and will produce two million litres of water per day.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)