Cape Town could store water underground to beat drought, say scientists

New study suggests stormwater and treated sewage water is the way of the future

21 November 2021 - 00:00

Three years ago many Cape Town residents were praying for water. But a new scientific study suggests salvation lies beneath their feet, not in the heavens — in the form of treated sewage water and stormwater stored underground.

City officials have long talked about storing water in the massive Cape Flats aquifer (CFA) underlying part of the fast-growing city. Stormwater that would usually run into the sea during winter would be diverted into the aquifer for use during the summer...

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