Desalination plants still not ready | CapeTown ETC

The City of Cape Town has fallen short on their commitment to deliver desalinated water to the supply system, to help ease the strain of the water crisis.

To date, not a single one of the three desalination plants is in full operation. The plants located in Monwabisi, Strandfontein and V&A Waterfront remain disconnected from the main water supply.

The plant in Strandfontein was expected to go online on March 21, Monwabisi was meant to start production on April 6 and V&A is already suppose to be pumping out potable water.

On Wednesday, EWN asked Acting Mayor Ian Neilson what the status of the desalination plants were and he could not confirm when the project would be actively working to supply water.

“The one at the V&A Waterfront is producing water. There were some issues around the water quality that’s getting attention now before we connect that into the system. The other two at Monwabisi and Strandfontein are far advanced, and we expect them to start producing water quite soon,” he told EWN.

In March, work at the aquifer drilling sites were halted due to theft of equipment. No mention of the aquifer sites have been made. Dam levels are sitting at 20.9% full and Level 6B water restrictions still apply.

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