Western Cape surface water augmentation options: we are scraping the barrel

The latest newsletter on the progress with the Western Cape Reconciliation Strategy for water supply to Cape Town and environs.

“Population and economic growth is putting an exponential strain on the water available to the users of the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS)”

At present the system can safely provide 556 million m3 per year. The 2010 water requirement was already 511 million m3 , of which 32% was used by the irrigation farmers and 68% by the urban dwellers in and around Cape Town and the West Coast. According to projections, the remaining 45 million m3 will be fully utilised anywhere between 2017 and 2019 – depending on the growth in the area and the further successful implementation of the City of Cape Town’s water conservation and water demand management programme.


You can read the newsletter here: WCWRS Newsletter May




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