Stadium water tapped

2017-05-30 06:02

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A water treatment plant to process spring water for drinking and to treat effluent water may be on the cards for the Cape Town Stadium area.

This as the City of Cape Town plans to divert spring water currently used to water stadium grounds and the Green Point Urban Park as the drought intensifies.

At a recent community meeting, ward councillor Dave Bryant indicated that underground water currently being used to water the stadium area has been earmarked for residential use should the drought continue.

Stuart Diamond, Mayco member for assets and facilities management, previously told People’s Post that all the landscaping at the stadium is watered with non-potable water (“Stadium’s water gets anger flowing”, 14 March).

Spring water is used for irrigation there and in the Green Point Urban Park and no drinking water from dams supplying residents is affected, he explained.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services, and energy, says the spring water in Oranjezicht could supply between 1.1 and 1.8m litres of water daily.

In order for residents to use the spring water, filtration and disinfection barriers would be needed, as would a pressure feed into the network and extra staff to control the treatment process, says Limberg.

“The City is expediting processes as far as it is possible. Detailed designs have been commissioned and should be finished by the second week of June. Soon afterwards the City will appoint a contractor,” she says.

This may leave the stadium precinct without water for irrigation, but City officials are considering building a water treatment plant, which would process effluent water to be used instead, Bryant said.

However, Limberg says, this process is still in the very early stages.

“With regard to the water treatment plant, construction can begin as soon as appointment of a contractor takes place. With regard to the effluent treatment facility, this is still in the pre-planning phase. The City is exploring possible locations for this facility as well as what the most suitable treatment method is.

“Timelines will be dependent on this process. The City is exploring whether this can be accelerated under the terms of the local or provincial disaster declarations,” she says.

The cost for the implementation of the treatment plant is still to be determined, Limberg adds.

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