City still upbeat it won’t run dry

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AC­CORD­ING to the City of Cape Town’s Day Zero dash­board, progress in se­cur­ing al­ter­na­tive wa­ter sources stands at 50%.

But may­oral spokesper­son Xolani Koy­ana was con­fi­dent that schemes will start pro­duc­ing wa­ter by next month.

“Al­though the projects re­flect as be­ing be­hind sched­ule on the dash­board, the City does be­lieve that there will be ma­te­rial de­lays and is op­ti­mistic that the schemes will start pro­duc­ing wa­ter by Fe­bru­ary, and will ramp up to full ca­pac­ity

(196 mil­lion litres) by July. The vol­ume pro­duced by var­i­ous schemes may still be re­bal­anced/changed, as work con­tin­ues to max­imise the po­ten­tial yield while min­imis­ing cost to the ratepayer,” Koy­ana said.

He said the listed yields from the Cape Flats, At­lantis and Sil­w­er­stroom aquifer projects are con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mates.

“Al­though the City is work­ing hard to bring as much ad­di­tional wa­ter on­line as pos­si­ble, it is ab­so­lutely cru­cial res­i­dents use no more than 87 litres per per­son a day… As of Jan­uary 1, the av­er­age con­sump­tion per per­son was about 101 litres per per­son a day.” How­ever, some res­i­dents would have used more, while oth­ers used less than av­er­age, he said.

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