Growthpoint Properties Ltd., the country’s biggest listed real estate firm, received approval for the 3.3 megalitre facility and construction will begin in the first quarter of next year, according to a statement on Thursday.
After three consecutive years with a dry winter, Cape Town faced a water crisis that was so severe, its municipal authorities began bracing for Day Zero – the day they would have to shut down the city’s water supply, and residents would be forced to line up for daily water rations of 50 litres per person.
“(The city) does everything in its power to keep tariffs as affordable as possible to cover the cost of providing the services while making sure the income is sufficient to ensure the municipality can continue providing services sustainably.
The City of Cape Town has advised the public sections of Monwabisi Beach will be temporarily closed this week, while contractors undertake the decommissioning of the temporary Monwabisi desalination plant.
Mayor Dan Plato said: “Mayco has noted the expert advice from the City’s water and sanitation department and we support its decision to lift the water restrictions and to lower the water and sanitation tariff to the lowest approved level by council.
The Standfontein desalination plant was decommissioned at midnight on Wednesday, June 17 a month earlier than scheduled. Over a period of two years, the temporary plant contributed massively to the City’s water supply, providing 3.8 billion litres at a time when Cape Town was close to running out of potable water. The plant will now be broken down and the land restored to its former condition.