Rush to Get Cape Town's Temporary Desalination Plants Online

The City of Cape Town's R240m temporary desalination plant at Strandfontein Pavilion is on track, but it will only start producing the first two million litres of an expected seven million a day in March.

This is according to the City's mayoral committee member for water, Xanthea Limberg, who was speaking at a site tour on Thursday.

"Given the severity of the drought and the uncertainty around rainfall, we needed to be flexible in our approach and allow for both permanent and temporary solutions in order to ensure that we minimise any risk of acute water shortages," Limberg said.