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City opens new spring collection point next to Newlands Swimming Pool<p>​The City of Cape Town has constructed a new spring water collection point in response to demand at a more suitable site on the northern side of the Newlands Swimming Pool, with assistance from the brewer, AB InBev. This new site has good public access for both pedestrians and for the parking for vehicles, and offers better facilities. </p><p>The new site was blessed on Tuesday 22 May 2018 during an interfaith ceremony with representatives from many different faiths and included traditional leadership from Cape Town. This included (in alphabetical order) Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and traditional leaders and healers.   </p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b></b></a>The new site was blessed on Tuesday 22 May 2018 during an interfaith ceremony </p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>The new site was blessed on Tuesday 22 May 2018 during an interfaith ceremony </p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>The new site was blessed on Tuesday 22 May 2018 during an interfaith ceremony </p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p> </p><p>Residents should please collect water from this new site going forward. The access to spring water collection at the Kildare Road site and at the SAB site has been closed. [NOTE TO EDITORS: please note that the Kildare access was closed on Wednesday 23 May 2018 and SAB is to follow shortly. For the purpose of publication next week, this has been changed to past tense.]</p><p>There are multiple considerations which have been taken into account in this decision to relocate the spring water access point. The City acknowledges that there is a history of water collection at the Kildare Spring site. The City has heard residents who want to collect spring water, and has also heard residents who have raised safety and convenience issues, and others who have asked for spring water to be added into the municipal drinking water system at this time of drought. </p><p>Spring water, like all water, is a national resource which is regulated by the National Department of Water and Sanitation and the City works closely with this national department on how best to utilise and manage the springs. The City has an obligation to ensure compliance with legislation like the national Water Act, and to ensure that water resources are used in a way that benefits all Capetonians. </p><p>Unlimited usage is not sustainable. The informal water outlet structure at Kildare Street spring was unfortunately erected illegally, although the City recognises the intent of the individual who constructed it was to provide assistance. The City is liaising further on the way forward.</p><p>By law, a proportion of the water has to flow into the river system as it forms a vital part of the natural water cycle and the environment. In this case it will flow into the Liesbeek River. The City intends to use any spring water in excess of this legislated ‘reserve’ for nature to feed into the bulk water supply system.</p><p> <strong>Information about the new spring water collection site:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">The site is on the northern side of the Newlands Swimming Pool, near the Dean Street shopping centre. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">It has access for both pedestrians and parking from Main Road. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">There are 16 taps in a formal structure which has a platform for containers to stand on, and a drainage system. (Having taps which close means less wastage of spring water.) It is foreseen that these 16 taps will cater to the current needs of water collectors. The City will monitor the situation carefully and evaluate if there are sufficient water outlets.  </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">It is open seven days a week, from 05:00 to 23:00 (times are subject to review) and the site has been provided with lighting and public toilets. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">A maximum of 25 ℓ per person may be collected at a time. This is to speed up the process of collection, but discretion will be applied if there is no queue at the time. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Vehicles may park there for a maximum of 15 minutes, and parking is also available a short walking distance away at the Newlands Swimming Pool parking. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The water comes from the same source as the spring at Kildare Road, and this new site is situated before the SAB spring collection point.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">It is not treated water, and it is used at the residents’ own risk. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">This water is not for commercial use, and may not be sold. City staff will monitor the site and act on municipal transgressions as they arise. </div></li></ul><p>The City thanks spring water collectors for their cooperation, and for saving municipal tap water.</p><p>For more information, please email <a href=""></a> or call <a>0860 103 089</a> or WhatsApp <a>063 407 3699</a> or SMS <a>31373</a> (max of 160 characters).</p><p> <br> <strong>End </strong> <br></p>2018-05-22T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#02e06764-1998-4487-8abe-883ff7d69e77;L0|#002e06764-1998-4487-8abe-883ff7d69e77|Newlands;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#424fbb2f-e27c-44db-b853-dbbdb893d37a;L0|#0424fbb2f-e27c-44db-b853-dbbdb893d37a|Water;GP0|#be65fece-4b22-4fe1-9f12-c820eedd3e70;L0|#0be65fece-4b22-4fe1-9f12-c820eedd3e70|culture1

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