Cape Town finally embraces desal and reuse

After years of focusing on transfers and storage schemes, drought has finally forced the city of Cape Town to take action on securing alternative water supplies. How do desalination and reuse factor into the city’s long-term plans?

The City of Cape Town is preparing to fast-track its first ever desalination plant and its first potable reuse plant in an attempt to mitigate the effects of a drought which has left it with only 100 days of surface water storage.

Under the plans, which were confirmed to GWI this month by Councillor Xanthea Limberg, the mayoral committee member for informal settlements, water and waste services...

Subscribe online today

  • Monthly print magazine
  • Unlimited online access
  • Project Tracker Database
  • Access to the GWI Archive
  • Annual Tariff Survey
  • 10 online users per office location.
  • Annual Subscription: £995.0 / $1695.0

Free 2 week trial

  • 1 Trial copy of GWI Magazine
  • Online access to
  • Weekly news and insight from GWI Briefing