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The City of Cape Town received more than 100 submissions as part of its Request for Information/Ideas (RFI) process to test the market for proposed solutions that will enable the City to temporarily establish several small, intermediate and possibly even large plants to help supply drinking water. Read more below:

The City thanks all of the private sector players who took part in this process. The RFI solicited interest from for-profit and non-profit entities in forming possible partnerships with the City to supply, install, and operate temporary plants at various locations along the sea shore and at certain inland locations, for the injection of drinking water – the standards of which are defined by SANS 241 of 2015 – into the City’s water distribution network.

‘Our Water and Sanitation Management Department is currently busy with the technical scrutiny of the inputs received. We will communicate in more detail as soon as possible. The proposed solutions are varied, as one would expect from a wide ranging call for information and ideas. It must be stressed that the temporary installation of water plants is intended to build resilience and to ensure that the households and businesses of Cape Town are not adversely affected by acute shortages of surface water.

‘Furthermore, it is important to distinguish between the inability to cater for water demand under normal climatic conditions and the inability to cater for demand due to an extreme and protracted drought. The latter applies to us. The intensity of the current severe drought could not have been foreseen. The City has been using water well under its registered allocation as per the requirements of the National Department of Water and Sanitation. Despite our population growth, our water demand has remained relatively flat,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.Due to the unprecedented protracted drought that we are currently experiencing and the unpredictability of rainfall patterns going forward due to climate change, the City has adopted a resilience-based approach whereby various supply schemes are being accelerated and which could be scaled up quickly if required.

‘Not only do we seek to navigate the City safely out of this drought period, but we seek to ensure that over the medium- to long-term we put in place the required measures to ensure that we can withstand future droughts, no matter their intensity,’ said Councillor Limberg.

For information on how to adhere to the less than 87-litre usage requirement, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater and visit our new water calculator http://bit.ly/ThinkWaterCalculatorCT

Residents can contact the City via email to water@capetown.gov.za for queries or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts), or they can send an SMS to 31373.

Water supplied by the City remains safe to drink and is tested in accordance with the most rigorous safety standards.

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