The City of Cape Town committed to building desalination plants to augment the city's water supply in 2018.
For the past two years, the city experienced the worse drought with some government officials throwing the term Day Zero into the mix, the day when all taps would run dry.
The province has since had good rains but the City continued to implement the plan of building desalination plants.
According to Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services, Xanthea Limberg, there were three desalination plants that were implemented - Monwabisi, Strandfontein and V&A Waterfront.
The Monwabisi and Strandfontein are operating at full capacity but Waterfront is currently not operating. This is due to a contractual dispute between the City and the contractor.
We believe it is a good investment because of the unpredictability that we can no longer depend on the weather model that we previously used and in 2017 we learned the hard way at that.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services - City of Cape Town
We need to plan at that level of risk and vulnerability and we believe that even though we do not use the desalination plants and continuous basis it is better that we have that infrastructure in the event that we experience another poor level of rainfall.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services - City of Cape Town
Water security is something that is such a severe risk and we need to minimise our exposure to that risk.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services - City of Cape Town
Limberg says the City has opened draft water strategy for public comments and recommendations and residents have until March 15 to give inputs.
The document is available on the City of Cape Town Website as well as sub-council offices, she says.
To hear the rest of the rest of the conversation with Xanthea Limberg, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Capetonians have your say! City's draft water strategy is up for public comment