The City of Cape Town is looking to upscale its efforts to secure new sources of temporary water supplies. On Monday, the city which is facing severe water shortages despite recent winter rainfall, formally posted a request for ideas and information to the market, for proposed solutions that will enable the metro to temporarily establish several small, intermediate and possibly even large plants to supply potable water. The critical water shortages have prompted fears that taps could soon run dry. The city issued a warning on Monday that dam levels remained critical, as consumption had spiked again. Furthermore, rainfall uncertainty remained high. Dam storage levels are at 23.1%, but because the last 10% of a dam’s water is useable, dam levels are effectively at 13.1%. Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille said the city could not bank on there being sufficient rain in the remainder of winter to break the drought. It would take at least three consecutive winters of above-average rainfall...

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