On 7 March 2018, Municipal Manager Geraldine Mettler, officially launched a state-of-the-art water purification plant in Stellenbosch that will convert borehole water into safe, potable water. This forms part of the Municipality’s Drought Response Plan which aims to augment potable water supplies from groundwater, as the region continues to face a devastating drought.
The plant, which is supplied by 2 boreholes, is capable of producing up to 1.3 million litres of water per day. This represents an astonishing 7.2% of Stellenbosch’s current daily water consumption. Water produced from this plant will guarantee an uninterrupted supply of safe drinking water, if residents and business continue to save as much water as they can.
The municipality has been extremely proactive in the implementation of its innovative Drought Response Plan. This containerised multi-stage filtration system is one of the first to be commissioned by any municipality in the Western Cape and is capable of treating borehole water to South African National Standard (SANS) 241 Drinking Water Standard.
Similar plants will be opened at Die Braak, Kylemore and Wemmershoek during March 2018. These plants, together with 4 planned boreholes in Klapmuts, will enable us to take large parts of the Stellenbosch Municipality off the City of Cape Town’s water network, freeing up much needed water for the City.
Following the end of the drought, these plants will form part of the Municipality’s permanent Water Master Plan. Residents are requested to adhere to the level 6B water restrictions and stay within the 50 liters per person per day limit.