Infrastructure and Utilities News, May 22, 2018
The City of Cape Town announced on Monday, 21 May, that the temporary desalination plant in Strandfontein is now delivering treated desalinated water into the supply system.
According to executive deputy mayor Ian Neilson, the plant is currently injecting 4.7-million litres per day into the reticulation system. It is expected that the plant will reach full production of 7-million litres during June 2018.
“Our reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Waterfront area is close to producing 2-million litres of drinking water per day while progress on the desalination plant at Monwabisi is also progressing well, with first water expected to be delivered by June and full production to be reached by July, if all goes according to plan. This plant is also set to produce 7-million litres per day,” said Neilson.
He went on to emphasise that these projects provide only a small contribution of the city’s daily requirements, and that consumers should continue to reduce water usage. “We have done well so far, and we must keep up our savings efforts during winter and in preparation for Summer 2018/19. We must continue to stretch our existing water supplies as we simply do not know what the actual winter rainfall will be.”