The City of Cape Town hopes to have a new source of drinking water by the end of August! They have requested proposals for running desalination plants!
The water crisis has been a massive topic and many companies and individuals have been making innovations in ways to work with the crisis and create solutions.
The City of Cape Town has requested ideas and information by July 10 from companies and organisations interested in supplying‚ installing and operating temporary reverse osmosis plants. The plants will be situated at various locations along the seashore and also to be found inland.
The council wants to have several small and large plants. The first to be commissioned in August and ready to produce drinking water by the end of the month.
“The city will require these reverse osmosis plants to be operational for at least six months‚ but might require (them) to remain in production for … one year or possibly even two years‚ depending upon the rainfall‚” – Kevin Balfour‚ head of infrastructure in the city council water and sanitation department.
Even though the province has had some rainfall, it has not been enough to remove the current level 4 water restrictions. Once the desalination plants are up and running they could easily pump out up to 500 million litres of water a day.
“Clearly‚ the drought crisis continues as dam levels are critically lower than usual at the start of the winter‚” – Xanthea Limberg‚ the mayoral committee member for utilities.
This is brilliant news for the people of Cape Town!