The City of Cape Town revealed plans to access 500 million litres of water per day through various non-surface water sources.
The executive Mayor at City of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, says the City can no longer rely on rainwater to supply water to the people.
She says 250 million litres will come from desalination plants and another 250 million litres will come from the aquifers around the city.
About R3 billion will be spent on implementing the first phase which includes infrastructure for land-based desalination plants and groundwater extraction.
We are now planning for what we call the new normal because we don't expect that the drought will end.— Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor for the City of Cape Town
The future indicates, because of climate change, that we will be in a permanent drought situation.— Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor for the City of Cape Town
As a well run city we cannot allow our city to run out of water so we have to augment the rainwater with other sources.— Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor for the City of Cape Town
According to de Lille, the aquifers are already being used for the watering of the stadiums and parks in the Green Point area but now there will be infrastructures to make the water drinkable.
She says the ground water extraction will come on stream as early as September 2017 and the desalination as early in January 2018.
The Mayor reiterated her call for Cape Town residents to continue saving water.
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