Property group Growthpoint has taken one of the mixed-use buildings it owns completely off the municipal water grid. The District, an office and retail complex in Woodstock, has an underground mountain spring flowing into its basement. This water was previously pumped into the city’s storm-water system to flow into the sea. Growthpoint has invested in technology to make this water drinkable for the complex’s 1,750 visitors, who use about 45,000 litres of water a day. "By taking The District and other commercial buildings off the water grid, and substituting municipal water with a safe and sustainable alternative source of drinking water, we are taking pressure off the city’s potable water reserves, adding to the resilience of the city’s water system, and contributing positively to the environment," Growthpoint Properties’ regional asset manager for the Western Cape Timothy Irvine said. Gowthpoint said it is the first of several Cape Town properties it intends making "water net-posit...

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