Desalination plants up and running in Cape Town – producing 8 million litres of water a day

DA media statement

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape is pleased with the news that all three Cape Town desalination plants are now online and producing a collective eight million litres of water a day.

Despite delays due to multiple complications, the Monwabisi, Strandfontein and V&A Waterfront desalination plants are now complementing the City of Cape Town’s strained water supply system. With dam levels now sitting at 56.9% following a marginal increase of around 0.5%, the timing of the additional eight million litres couldn’t have come at a better time.

In light of the National Department of Water and Sanitation’s failure to augment water supply infrastructure in the Metro, the DA-led City of Cape Town has had to construct its own bulk water supply infrastructure. This is where money accrued from water tariff increases is being spent – to prevent a drought from ever returning to the Western Cape.

In addition, continued water saving efforts by Cape Town residents are also paying off. Just last week, the Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson revealed that the City’s average water consumption remains below the 500 million litre threshold.

I commend all the residents who continue to comply with water restrictions as a means of preserving the City’s precious water resources. I furthermore commend the staff of the City of Cape Town for their hard work and unwavering commitment to ensuring Cape Town’s taps don’t run dry.

The DA in the Western Cape remains committed to improving the livelihoods of all residents. We remain relentless in our efforts of ensuring the sustainability of our water resources for the benefit of all Capetonians.