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How Beaufort-West survived its worst drought in history

In 2009, Beaufort-West experienced severe drought where its main reservoirs completely dried up.

In light of the current drought situation in Cape Town, CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to acting director for engineering services at Beaufort West, Christopher Wright, to find out what measures were put in place to ease the situation.

According to Wright, the municipality had water restrictions in place and when they couldn't supply the whole town, they moved to water shedding which cut off water for over 36 hours to some parts of the town.

The municipality also looked for other water resources for supply and reclamation was one of the strategies put in place.

Reclamation is the process of converting waste water into water that can be reused for other purposes.

With the drought funds that were made available, we had money to build the reclamation plant.

Christopher Wright, Acting Director for engineering services at Beaufort West

We treated sewage effluent to portable water standards that supplies straight into our reservoirs.

Christopher Wright, Acting Director for engineering services at Beaufort West

To listen to the full conversation, click below:

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