Push to move plant

2017-12-12 06:00

Mouille Point ratepayers are looking to raise around R150 000 to challenge City of Cape Town plans to build a temporary desalination plant on their doorstep.

In an email to residents, the Mouille Point Ratepayers’ Association has asked for support to “persuade the City to relocate the desalination plant intended for the Mouille Point beach parking area to a more suitable location”.

“Of course, the water crisis needs urgent attention and, in many respects, we can commend the City on the initiatives it has implemented.

“However, desalination, like other industrial processes, has environmental impacts that must be understood and mitigated and, on that basis, there are compelling reasons to relocate the proposed Granger Bay/ Mouille Point plant.

“It is mystifying that the City, despite the reasonable concerns of residents, seems unwilling to consider alternative sites,” the email reads.

In response to these concerns, members of the community have formed a group and engaged attorneys to look into the plan.

“This is an expensive process but, faced with the alternative, the group feels forced to proceed in its opposition to this proposed desalination plant location.

“While some progress has been made, the group has yet to receive the City’s assurance that the plant will be relocated,” the email states.

Legal adviceAs the next step in the process, further legal engagement is required and more funding is needed, the association says.

This funding will be used to appoint a specialist consultant to identify the noise regulatory requirements and report on the likely impact of the City’s proposals, make representations to the South African Heritage Resources Agency, evaluate and comment on City reports and engage with the City.

“If we cannot raise an additional R150 000, we may be forced to accept the reality of a desalination plant on our doorstep,” the association says.

The City is planning a temporary desalination plant in Granger Bay, along with ones at Koeberg, Silverstroom, Woodbridge Island, Hout Bay, Red Hill, Strandfontein, Monwabisi and Harmony Park.

These plants are expected to provide an estimated 50m litres water a day.

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