Cape Town

Cape Town defends water and electricity tariffs –  Cape Town

The City of Cape Town says it uses all income from tariffs for the provision of services.

It said it rejects any misinformation being spread about the city’s tariffs and rates, despite numerous efforts to correct the misinformation.

“(The city) does everything in its power to keep tariffs as affordable as possible to cover the cost of providing the services while making sure the income is sufficient to ensure the municipality can continue providing services sustainably.

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Sections of Monwabisi Beach closed for a week amid desalination plant decommissioning – Cape Town

The City of Cape Town has advised the public sections of Monwabisi Beach will be temporarily closed this week, while contractors undertake the decommissioning of the temporary Monwabisi desalination plant.

The City said the closure, for safety reasons, will take place from today until Saturday, February 13.

“Sections of the beach will be closed during this period, while contractors work on the seaward side to move part of the intake and brine pipelines.

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Cape Town plans to be African leader in water and sanitation services – Cape Town

The City is on a mission to make Cape Town the first African city to be a world leader in water and sanitation services.

Yesterday, City officials visited the Wemmershoek Dam to brief the media on the water outlook over the next few years.

Mayor Dan Plato said: “It must be emphasised that the full dams are an achievement we arrived at collectively. Cape Town has always been a city of action.

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The City wants to build a R1.8-billion desalination plant – Cape Town

The City of Cape Town plans to build a permanent desalination plant capable of producing 50-million litres of water per day by 2026. The project will cost R1.8-billion.

The City said that its Water Strategy is already in action as 15-million litres of groundwater is added to the water supply daily via the Table Mountain Group Aquifer.

The strategy also includes other projects like the desalination plant, alien vegetation clearing, the augmentation of the Berg River and water reuse.

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No water restrictions: ‘City of Cape Town is not fully coming to the party’ – Cape Town

Cape Town – The City decided to lift water restrictions in Cape Town and to move to the lowest tariff, being the no-restriction, water-wise tariff from November 1.

The mayoral committee (mayco) unanimously supported the decision which will be presented before council for noting next week.

Mayor Dan Plato said: “Mayco has noted the expert advice from the City’s water and sanitation department and we support its decision to lift the water restrictions and to lower the water and sanitation tariff to the lowest approved level by council.

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Cape desalination plants take a final bow – Cape Town

The Monwabisi desalination plant is being decommissioned as the two-years period for which it was hired has to come to an end.

Decommissioning of its counterpart is Strandfontein already commenced in June this year, and is currently underway.

This city commissioned both the Monwabisi and Strandfontein temporary desalination plants to provide emergency water supply in the event that it was needed, as we faced the prospect of Day Zero

City decommissions Standfontein desalination plant – Cape Town

The Standfontein desalination plant was decommissioned at midnight on Wednesday, June 17 a month earlier than scheduled. Over a period of two years, the temporary plant contributed massively to the City’s water supply, providing 3.8 billion litres at a time when Cape Town was close to running out of potable water. The plant will now be broken down and the land restored to its former condition.

Since it commissioned the desalination plant two years ago, the City of Cape Town said, it “has acquired valuable knowledge through hands-on experience about the operation of this alternative water technology”.

City officials now feel confident about their ability to pursue the large scale desalination project included in the Water Strategy.

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Covid-19: Handwashing is ‘not a threat’ to Cape Town’s water supply

Cape Town – The City of Cape Town has said residents must continue washing their hands in a bid to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and not to worry that it might be a threat to the water supply.

This comes as the weekly dams level statistics were released on Monday, showing that dams supplying the Cape metro have declined by 1,3% over the past week (9 March – 15 March 2020) to 61,3% of total capacity.

Mayco member for water and waste Xanthea Limberg said: “While mindful consumption of water is still important, the City encourages residents to proceed with diligent hand-washing practices for the benefit of our individual and collective health. Hand-washing uses comparatively less water than other activities and is not expected to pose a threat to water security.”

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Drought worsening in large parts of Eastern Cape – Africa

Residents in Port Alfred are left without water for long periods and some are totally reliant on water tanks for their supply

The drought affecting large parts of the Eastern Cape is worsening.  The coastal town of Port Alfred and the surrounding towns in the Ndlambe Municipality have almost run out of water.

The areas supply dam is only 6% full and water rationing is in place.  The municipality is calling on residents to use water sparingly to avoid a day zero scenario.

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City dragged to court for over R20m due to ongoing Cape desalination plant spat – Cape Town

Cape Town – Managers at the desalination plant at the Waterfront intend to continue with litigation against the City due to the lack of progress in reaching a settlement.

Quality Filtration Services (QFS) is dragging the City to court, seeking over R20million in damages after contractual disputes.

The director of QFS, Musa Ndlovu, said: “In response to our papers submitted to the high court in July, the City of Cape Town responded with a plea on August 12.

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