Water plans start to well up

Far South residents have halved their water consumption over the last six months – but there’s still more work to be done.

This was discussed at a recent subcouncil 19 meeting, where the South Peninsula Water Task Team presented to councillors the plans in preparation for the taps running dry.

Residents have reduced the total consumption of the Far South from 20 megalitres per day to 10 megalitres per day; however, the aim is to bring the area’s consumption down to six megalitres per day, says subcouncil chairperson, Felicity Purchase.

“We can do more,” she says.

“We need to raise money for additional boreholes in the Far South to make us completely resilient.”

Removing as many water users from the grid as possible is just one way the South Peninsula Water Task Team is looking at coping with the continuing drought.

A number of schools and the False Bay Hospital have already drilled boreholes, Purchase adds.

Another plan is to drill boreholes at Red Hill to supplement treatable water.

Areas in Sunnydale and Noordhoek have also been identified, which could give good returns if boreholes are drilled, Purchase says.

The task team is also working on a project to provide water tanks for the Happy Valley area, courtesy of a generous donation by a local resident, to limit their potable water usage, Purchase explains. All such similar projects are encouraged.

From Thursday 1 February water users will be required to use no more than 50 litres per person per day for 150 days at least.

In addition, residents are encouraged to limit the use of wellpoints and boreholes for the next 150 days, which includes not watering their lawns, Purchase says.

The City of Cape Town is currently working on a number of augmentation projects, including groundwater abstraction from the three aquifers around Cape Town, the three desalination plants at Monwabisi, Strandfontein and the V&A Waterfront (private), and the recycling of wastewater.

However, these are only expected to produce around 200 million litres per day.

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