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Cape Town has contingency plans for national chlorine gas shortage<div>The City of Cape Town would like to notify residents that the country is currently experiencing a chlorine supply shortage, specifically of the liquid gas chlorine used by water boards and large municipalities to treat  water to drinking standards. This has come about due to an incident at the supply facility in Kempton Park. Residents are assured that Cape Town currently has chlorine supply at all water treatment plants, is taking delivery of further stock next week, and tap water is safe to drink. Cape Town is planning for an extended period of supply constraints and is executing contingency plans to ensure chlorine is available to meet the national SANS241 drinking water quality standards at all times.</div><div> </div><div>South Africa’s main manufacturer of chlorine gas for water purification purposes, based in Gauteng, experienced severe supply disruptions in the past week. </div><div> </div><div>The factory is now operating again, but it will take time to build up stock reserves as there is pent up demand from water boards and municipalities.</div><div> </div><div>The City is already procuring chlorine gas substitutes locally and actively exploring all possible alternatives including international procurement options to mitigate the risk of protracted national supply constraints. </div><div> </div><div>The City aims to ensure we do not reach a point where the national shortage of chlorine impacts on the quality of drinking/tap water. </div><div> </div><div>It must be made clear that the city does not have a water shortage issue. The issue relates to national supply constraints of chlorine for water purification purposes. </div><div> </div><div>While there is ample water in our dams, we need to ensure treated drinking water can be supplied sustainably throughout the period of national chlorine supply constraints.</div><div> </div><div>Residents can help by reducing non-essential water usage. Ideally, Cape Town’s overall water usage should drop to approximately 800Ml/day according to current estimates.</div><div> </div><div>The City is also looking at reducing pressure where possible to assist with staying within the 800 ML/day range, if required.</div><div> </div><div>Over the past few weekends water usage has reached pre-drought levels (1000 Ml per day) on several occasions. This is likely attributed to activities linked to hot weather.</div><div> </div><div>In particular, residents should aim to be water-wise in their daily routines.</div><div> </div><div>The City will ensure ongoing updates to the public until the chlorine supply challenge has been resolved. </div><div> </div><div>Let’s work together to reduce our usage during this time. </div><div> </div><div>Tips for water-wise usage:</div><div> </div><div>Tips on reducing water can be found at www.capetown.gov.za/savewater<br></div>2022-01-19T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#424fbb2f-e27c-44db-b853-dbbdb893d37a;L0|#0424fbb2f-e27c-44db-b853-dbbdb893d37a|Water;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10

 

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