Museum for ‘water heritage’

2015-10-06 06:00

Around R3m will be pumped into a museum at the City of Cape Town’s first power station.

Dubbed the Graaf Heritage Facility in the utility services budget, the money will be used to refurbish the old Graaff Lighting Works at the Molteno Reservoir to create a new museum.

This facility previously housed electrical equipment which will be decommissioned this financial year, explains Ernest Sonnenberg, mayoral committee member for utility services.

The building will be restored and used for another suitable purpose, most likely as part of a museum.

“A water heritage museum would draw attention to our most precious resource. A water heritage museum may have the potential to highlight to our residents the need to protect and conserve our water resources,” he says.

The Molteno Reservoir was completed in 1881 and is the city’s oldest reservoir that is still in use. It is also the city’s fifth largest reservoir (“Molteno gets makeover”, People’s Post,

15 September).

A number of these historic facilities, such as the brick-lined water tunnels near the Castle and the water supply dams on Table Mountain, are still being used today.

Plans to restore the Graaf building have been approved by Heritage Western Cape, Sonnenberg and is expected that the restoration may only be completed in 2017, he concludes.

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