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Cape Town Water crisis debrief

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Lance Greyling Director of Trade and Investment speaking at WTM Africa 2018

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Cape Town Water crisis debrief

  1. 1. INVEST CAPE TOWN WATER CRISIS DEBRIEF Presented by Lance Greyling Director: Enterprise & Investment
  2. 2. NEAR CAPACITY IN 2014
  3. 3. HOW DID WE GET HERE?
  4. 4. ANNUAL MAJOR DAM LEVELS All figures are for 25 September for each year
  5. 5. BETWEEN 2010 AND 2015, 130 MEGACITIES WERE HIT BY DROUGHT DISASTERS
  6. 6. WHAT DID WE DO TO ADDRESS IT?
  7. 7. ONE OF THE LOWEST WATER LEAKAGE RATES IN THE WORLD DWS Strategic Overview of the Water Sector in South Africa 2017 Cape Town Municipality 16% National Average 36%
  8. 8. WORLD BANK COMMENDATION “The project management of Cape Town’s new water supply is impressive. This was confirmed in November by World Bank consultants who spent time with the City to look at their plan. They agreed that the plan was excellent and one of the most detailed they had ever seen. The project management team has put in place a range of measures to speed up procurement time lines that are in line with private sector procurement, seldom seen within government.” Gina Ziervogel, associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science and Research Chair at the African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town.
  9. 9. AUGMENTATION The City of Cape Town has been working towards a diversified supply for some time, but due to the expense of options other than surface water, the projects have progressed to pilot stage, rather than production. The full augmentation plan runs until June 2022. • Short-term, temporary desalination (16 MLD) • Groundwater abstraction (peak at 150 MLD) • Springs • Water re-use • Water transfers • Permanent desalination
  10. 10. DESALINATION PLANTS MONWABISI, 22 JANUARY 2018
  11. 11. TYPE LOCATION MLD FIRST WATER FULL PRODUCTION Short-term, temporary desalination Strandfontein 7 March 2018 May 2018 Monwabisi 7 March 2018 May 2018 V&A Waterfront 2 March 2018 May 2018 Groundwater abstraction Cape Flats aquifer 80 May 2018 June 2018 Atlantis aquifer 20 May 2018 October 2018 TMG aquifer 40 February 2018 June 2019 Springs Newlands Albion spring 3 In operation Oranjezicht 1 In operation Water re-use Zandvliet 10-50 June 2018 December 2021 Cape Flats 10-75 June 2018 December 2021 Macassar 20 June 2019 Potsdam 10 June 2019 Ahtlone 75 December 2021 Permanent desalination Koeberg (pilot underway)
  12. 12. DRIVING DOWN WATER CONSUMPTION Between 2006 and 2016 Cape Town’s Water Consumption remained flat while our population increased by over a million people Cape Town won a C40 Award at the Paris COP in 2015 for our water conservation programme In this crisis, Cape Town managed to reduce its water consumption by 40 percent over the course of a year from 900 ML a day this time last year to 542 ML a day now This was a tremendous effort from all Capetonians to avert the worst natural crisis we have ever been faced with CAPE TOWN HAS LED THE WORLD IN DRIVING DOWN CONSUMPTION
  13. 13. www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater www.defeatdayzero.co.za www.greencape.co.za www.wwf.org.za
  14. 14. WHAT ABOUT NEXT SUMMER Even if rainfall this Winter is as bad as last year we will be in a better position next Summer as long as we continue to keep our consumption levels down This is why it is so important for us to keep saving through Winter The message needs to go out to the international community that Cape Town has averted a water disaster and that tourists must be encouraged to come visit We have to address the negative impact this crisis has had on our brand as a destination We have a good story to tell about how we avoided this crisis – We need to get out there and tell it!
  15. 15. Thank You

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