Emer­gency dis­tri­bu­tion sites iden­ti­fied

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - YAZEED KAMALDIEN

CITY of­fi­cials have con­firmed they have iden­ti­fied 186 dis­tri­bu­tion sites for por­ta­ble wa­ter come Day Zero (now pre­dicted for April 12).

The city’s safety and se­cu­rity may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber JP Smith told Week­end Ar­gus last night that they were still look­ing at 14 more sites.

Smith said tech­ni­cal teams were analysing the sites against a “lot of tough re­quire­ments”.

“We had to dis­card a num­ber of our sites that didn’t meet the tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments,” he said.

Smith added: “We do not want to do this. We will only do it as a last re­sort.

“The mes­sage now is save, save, save wa­ter. We don’t want any­body to queue for wa­ter.”

“Don’t wrap your mind around the disas­ter sit­u­a­tion. We will work with that if it hap­pens. It will work but it will be un­pleas­ant.”

Smith said set­ting up the sites would cost the city R200 mil­lion and if more were re­quired, the cost would in­crease.

He said the city would also have to spend money to re­ha­bil­i­tate fields where the roll out will oc­cur.

This was in ad­di­tion to R5.4 bil­lion which the city needs for other projects, in­clud­ing de­sali­na­tion and ex­tract­ing wa­ter from aquifers.

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