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Cape Town Secures New Water Sources to Keep Up with Population Boom

Michael Hawthorne

To combat the challenges of rapid population growth and climate change, the City of Cape Town (CoCT) announced it is aggressively expanding its water supplies. The new initiatives are outlined in the city’s New Water Programme (NWP), a key component of the city’s strategy to maintain water resilience and sustainability in the future.

Recent Census 2022 data revealed Cape Town’s population is now 4 772 846, a sharp increase of 27.6% since 2011. This puts a major strain on water infrastructure, especially combined with the impacts of climate change.

New Water Programme in Full Swing

The NWP is already yielding positive results, aiming to add a crucial 300 million litres of water per day from diverse new sources by 2030. Highlights include:

“Through actively implementing these solutions and investing in infrastructure maintenance, the City aims to ensure a sustainable water future for its residents and mitigate the challenges posed by population growth and climate change,” said Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation.

Cleaner water, stronger community: Another successful pipe replacement project improving our water system.
The backbone of our water supply: A dedicated worker ensures reliable water delivery with pipe replacement.

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