Cape Town grasps the nettle as it seeks to build its way out of drought

A slew of desalination tenders show that the city is serious about implementing supply-side solutions to deal with its most serious drought in over a century. It has found itself on a steep learning curve.

The City of Cape Town has launched the first batch of tenders in a bid to fast-track the creation of 500,000m3/d of additional non-surface water supplies, chiefly through the construction of desalination and reuse infrastructure.

Historically, the city has relied on dams to meet over 90% of its potable water needs. While total water demand has remained more or less stable despite a doubling of...

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