Cape Town will have its first desalination plants working just weeks before the city’s dams are expected to dry up. That is according to Xanthea Limberg, the City of Cape Town’s member of the mayoral committee for informal settlements‚ water and waste services, and energy. "Monwabisi and Strandfontein [plants] are currently scheduled for February 2018‚ but we are exploring opportunities to implement earlier‚ once internal funding issues are resolved‚" Limberg told TimesLIVE. Mayor Patricia de Lille told the media earlier this month that municipal water supply might run out in March next year‚ if current usage remained the same. Chris Braybrooke, general manager at water solutions company Veolia‚ said that completion of tenders for the desalination plants‚ which first went public in August‚ should have taken place six months ago‚ and the city’s water problem was a "ticking time bomb". "We were quite surprised that there was such a long wait for it to go out on formal tenders‚ and the...

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