If you’ve turned on the tap in Cape Town in the past week or so‚ there’s a chance some sea water came out. Desalinated sea water‚ that is.
The city’s first temporary desalination plant came online on Tuesday in Strandfontein‚ where three million litres a day are currently pumped into the city’s water supply. The plant will eventually produce seven million litres daily.
The desalinated water has cleared testing in laboratories‚ and was tested again on Monday when Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson took a sip while on a site visit in Strandfontein on the Cape Flats. The city is satisfied with the quality‚ Neilson said while touring the plant in heavy rain‚ noting that it doesn't taste any different from bottled or tap water.