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Welcome to the water and sanitation website

Cape Town's potable water is amongst the best in the country, and residents and visitors can drink it with confidence. This is due to the fact that most of it is abstracted largely from unpolluted mountain catchments before being treated and distributed to residents.

The Water & Sanitation Department has received a number of awards in recognition of this, such as the Platinum Award for having excelled in the Blue Drop Awards Programme for four years in succession;  Certificates of Excellence from the Water Institute of South Africa WISA (for seven of its eleven Wastewater Treatment Works) and a score of 98,14% for the quality of its drinking water.

The City received four other Blue Drop Awards as the Bulk Provider to areas in the Stellenbosch and Drakenstein Local Municipalities.

How it's done

All formal properties receive water through a metered connection. In informal settlements, the focus is on the provision of a minimum service through communal service.

Where it's from

Cape Town's water derives from six major catchment dams. Three of these are owned by the Department of Water & Environmental Affairs, and the remaining are owned and managed by the City.  Water is treated at the City's 20 Water treatment plants before being distributed to residents via a series of bulk and service reservoirs connected to pump stations and an integrated network of pipelines.  

Waste water (sewerage) is treated so that it is safe to use in agriculture, industry and on sportsfields.

© City of Cape Town, 2014