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The City of Cape Town’s Draft Water Strategy is open for public comments and recommendations.

The metro explained that the primary purpose of this strategy is to ensure that city is more resilient to future droughts.

The draft strategy outlines the City’s plan to ensure greater water security over the next 10 years and a move towards being a more water-sensitive city in the next 20 years, by 2040.

It aims to achieve this through five commitments and an eight-point plan to translate strategy into action. Read more: ESI Insights #19: The impact of smart water metering

The commitments are:

  • Safe access to water and sanitation
  • Wise use of water
  • Sufficient, reliable water from diverse sources
  • Shared benefits from regional water sources
  • A water-sensitive city

Based on scenario analysis, expert advice and stakeholder views, the plan includes:

  • Increasing available capacity by more than 300 million litres per day over the next 10 years to reduce the likelihood of severe water restrictions in future.
  • Ensuring that a greater proportion of Cape Town’s water supplies will be met from alternative sources. The strategy outlines a programme for achieving this, which includes the removal of alien vegetation from catchments, the incremental introduction of desalination, use of groundwater and increasing water re-use.
  • Limiting costs and price increases, which includes relying on rain-fed dams for most of the City’s water as it is cheaper than alternative new sources.
  • Making optimal use of stormwater and urban waterways for the purposes of flood control, aquifer recharge, water reuse and recreation, based on sound ecological principles.

Residents are invited to submit comments, recommendations and input to the municipality from 15 February 2019 to 15 March 2019.