The desalination of sea water on an appropriate scale is now both viable and necessary in coastal towns, the Cape Chamber of Commerce says. The chamber has submitted a letter detailing its views on desalination to the Department of Water and Sanitation, which is developing a water master plan for the future. "One of the proposals made to the Cape Town City Council was to build a large desalination plant to produce about 250-million litres of water a day, about 30% of Cape Town’s needs in a normal year. When this desalinated water was blended with 70% dam water the result would be an increase in tariffs of just 6.54%," said Janine Myburgh, the president of the Cape chamber. A large-scale desalination plant is seen as a long-term solution to Cape Town’s water problems. However, there are concerns that the cost of maintaining such a plant would result in residents paying more for water. Desalination removes salt and other minerals from sea water, making it suitable for human consumptio...

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