Desalination may be considered as an option to supply additional water for the growing population in and around Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, in the long term, but Umgeni Water is continuing with plans for more traditional water schemes for now.

Umgeni Water planning services manager Kevin Meier this week said the utility had conducted a detailed feasibility study to look at desalination as a bulk water supplier a few years ago.

It considered the viability of two large-scale desalination plants ÔÇô one on the South Coast just outside Durban, and the other near Tongaat on the North Coast.

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