The Western Cape government could be the first to build a water desalination plant as the province finds itself in the midst of a crippling drought.

Desalination is a process that removes minerals from salt water, and the province is now planning to spend millions of rands and create jobs for its residents with the first phase of a 450-million litre-per-day desalination plant, which could cost about R8bn to construct for a yield of 55-million cubic meters of water per year.

This cost, however, is only related to building the plant and excludes operating costs. (LINK)