Pushing forward, as always, the Mother City is expected to handle its business by August 2017, as far as water shortages are concerned. With restrictions placing more and more pressure on businesses and homesteads, the announcement of the city’s first desalination plant’s completion comes as a relief. Although it may still take a few months to get the flow going, residents could taste their first drops of desalinated water by the start of spring – how symbolic!
If numbers make you feel safe, you should know the plant is expected to put out an additional 500m litres of potable water per day. Yes, per day. Officials over at City of Cape Town are hoping that this kind of eco-investment will set a trend across the country and reduce the dependence on dwindling dam levels.
Kevin Balfour, Head of Infrastructure, has his sights set on establishing several desalination plants in the hopes of supplying all communities within the Western Cape’s boundaries as the years progress. For the purposes of both efficiency and optimum employment climates, Balfour would like to see a balance between dams and desalination plants contributing to the overall supply. This ambitious target is backed by many governmental departments in the region, as well as the private sector.
If all goes according to plan, residents of the Western Cape would no longer need to fear water restrictions in future drought conditions. This being said, there is still dire need for more education and implementation related to water conservation.