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City urges construction companies to use treated effluent water

The City of Cape Town is now asking construction companies to make use of treated effluent water for industry operations in a bid to increase water saving efforts amid the drought.

Mayco member for Water and Waste Services, Energy and Informal Settlements, Councillor Xanthea Limberg says they are looking at innovative ideas to balance the pressure on water demand while ensuring the economy is not negatively impacted.

About 80% of our waste water is treated and it goes back to commercial and industrial users.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

We are asking the construction industry to maximise the use of treated effluents in their building process for non-structural work.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

Treated affluent is far more affordable than potable water because treated water costs R5.30 and potable costs R15.00 per kilolitre. There is a massive saving for business and also it allows them to contribute to saving water.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

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