City still upbeat it won’t run dry
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.