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Comment on the Cape Town Draft Water Strategy – 08 March 2019

Starts: 08 Mar 2019 at 15:00 
Ends: 08 Feb 2019 at 17:00 
Location: The Cape Institute for Architecture, 71 Hout Street, Cape Town 
CPD Validated: 0.3 credits (Validated by cia) 
Non-member Price: free 
Members Price: free 

Event Details

Dear Built Environment Professionals,

The City of Cape Town’s Draft Water Strategy is open for public comments and recommendations. The primary purpose of this strategy is to ensure that our city is more resilient to future droughts.

The members of the Council of the Built Environment are largely responsible for how water is designed and used in the built environment and your feedback is therefore deemed important to the development of the City of Cape Town’s Water Strategy.

The City of Cape Town hereby invites you to participate in two ways; firstly attend an information session at which the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will make presentations and/or secondly submit your feedback.

Information Session Details

Presentations by the Water and Sanitation Department

Date: 8 March 2019

Venue: Cape Institute of Architects (71 Hout Street, Cape Town)

Time: 15:00 – 17:00

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to: ilasawc@ilasa.co.za

Submit Written Comments

Council for the Built Environment Cape Town members are also invited to submit comments, recommendations and input to the municipality from 15 February 2019 to 15 March 2019.

Water Strategy Outline

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.

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 ten 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.

Instructions for Submitting Comments

Kindly provide feedback on each of the commitments and the plan separately in the comment form, to assist with consideration and collation of input.

We wish you a water-wise 2019!

Please attend this!

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