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City to spend R5,317bn on massive water and sanitation investments<span><p></p><p>Residents have the opportunity to comment until 30 April 2024 on the City's proposed budget for 2024/2025 financial year. </p><p>The total budget for Water and Sanitation for the upcoming financial year is R18 478 billion. Of this, R5,317 billion is our proposed capital budget and R13,161billion our operating budget.</p><p>'Our proposed budget is testament to how serious and committed we are about doing the basics better when it comes to delivering and investing in water and sanitation services.</p><p>'Residents are assured that these remain key priorities for the City: building a water secure future, delivering clean, reliable drinking water and dignified sanitation services to residents in Cape Town as well as reducing sewer overflows and improving treating wastewater so that we safeguard our environment and improve inland water quality,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien. <br></p><p><br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1138px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Proposed 2024/2025 Water and Sanitation budget in a nutshell:</strong></span></p><p><strong>INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS</strong></p><p>The plan is to spend <strong>R38,25 million on new taps and toilets for informal settlements</strong> in addition to services already provided.</p><p><strong>NEW WATER PROGRAMME</strong></p><p>Surface water currently makes up approximately 98% of our drinking water, but by 2040 we expect groundwater, desalination, and water reuse to account for a full 25% of supply. This is in addition to the removal of alien invasive plant species in our catchment areas.</p><p>We are bringing online alternative water sources that will serve our growing population. The directorate will work towards implementing the new water projects that include desalination, aquifer abstraction and our Faure New Water Programme. We are set to increase supply by an extra 300 million litres of water from new water sources every day by 2030. </p><p>We plan to invest <strong>R460,16 million</strong> on major infrastructure projects, the bulk being aquifer projects which form part of the NWP, including:</p><ul><li>Cape Flats Aquifer Recharge and related projects</li><li>Atlantis Aquifer</li><li>Table Mountain Group Aquifer and related projects<br><br></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​</span><strong>WASTEWATER TREATMENT WORKS (WWTWs)</strong><span><p><strong>R2,58 billion </strong>is estimated to be spent on extensions and upgrades at WWTWs over the next financial year. This is planned to <strong>increase to R2,96 billion for 2025/26</strong> financial year. </p><p>WWTW extensions will expand the capacity of key facilities: </p><ul><li><strong>Potsdam</strong>: Upgrade from 47 Ml/d to 100 Ml/d (Construction Stage)</li><li><strong>Athlone:</strong> Refurbishment and treatment process upgrade Phase 1 (Construction Stage)</li><li><strong>Bellville:</strong> Final Phase of refurbishment and treatment process upgrade (Construction Stage)</li><li><strong>Macassar:</strong> Upgrade from 34 Ml/d to 80 Ml/d (Design Stage)<br><br></li></ul><p>In addition to this, other WWTW upgrades include the:</p><ul><li><strong>Wesfleur:</strong> Aeration system replacement/refurbishment (currently at awarding tender stage)</li><li><strong>Wildevoëlvlei:</strong> Refurbishment and upgrade of the mechanical sludge dewatering facility (currently advertising the tender)<br></li></ul><p><strong>PROACTIVE EFFORTS TO PREVENT SEWER OVERFLOWS</strong></p><p><strong>R1</strong><strong>,</strong><strong>07 billion</strong> for various projects is proposed to help bolster proactive efforts to assist with preventing sewer overflows:<br></p><ul><li><strong>R154,37 million </strong>on upgrades/refurbishment of sewer pump stations. </li><li><strong>R315,11 million </strong>on replacing 100km of sewer pipes.</li><li><strong>R597,51 million </strong>to tackle sewer spills by upgrading bulk sewers in Cape Flats, Philippi, Milnerton and Gordons Bay.<strong> </strong></li></ul><p><strong>INVESTING IN RELIABLE WATER SUPPLY TO PROPERTIES</strong></p><p><strong>R83,36 million </strong>on replacing 50km of water pipes.<br></p><p>Communities that will benefit include Hout Bay, Simon's Town, Fish Hoek, Glencairn, Tokai, Ottery, Somerset West, Kuils River, Strand, Blouberg, Flamingo Vlei, Atlantis, Summer Greens, Kraaifontein, Bellville, Brackenfell, Durbanville, Loevenstein, Ravensmead, Churchill, Tygerdal, Parow Valley, Sea Point, Athlone, Claremont and Fairfield Estate.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p><strong>HELP BUILD RESILIENCE DURING LOAD-SHEDDING</strong></p><p>The plan is to spend <strong>R127,7 million</strong> on generators and UPS installations for sewer and water pump stations as well as wastewater treatment plants.</p><p><em> </em></p><p><strong>IMPROVING OUR WATERWAYS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FLOODING AND POLLUTION ABATEMENT </strong></p><p><strong>R137,86 million </strong>is planned to be invested in the following projects: </p><ul><li>Flood alleviation in Lourens River</li><li>Macassar flood alleviation</li><li>Sir Lowry's Pass River upgrade</li><li>Zandvlei Canal upgrade</li><li>Bayside Canal upgrade</li></ul><p>In total, it is planned that <strong>R282,31 million</strong> will be spent on these projects over the next three FYs.</p><p><strong><em> </em></strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Comment on the Building for Jobs Budget 2024/25 by 30 April 2024. </strong></span></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>To view the tabled budget, please visit: </strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></p><p>View the subcouncil public meeting schedule (subject to updating where applicable) <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><strong>Written comments</strong></p><p>By email: <a href=""></a></p><p>Through your Ward Councillor/Subcouncil offices:</p><p><strong>Verbal inputs</strong></p><p>Phone: 0800 212 176</p><p>For assistance to comment in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa, please phone 0800 212 176</p><p>Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more information.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2024-04-24T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#191b1b12-4267-46d3-a6e7-02be3df25e7a;L0|#0191b1b12-4267-46d3-a6e7-02be3df25e7a|budget;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#424fbb2f-e27c-44db-b853-dbbdb893d37a;L0|#0424fbb2f-e27c-44db-b853-dbbdb893d37a|Water;GP0|#243c2bb7-3ba2-4e91-87e4-65166571c0b8;L0|#0243c2bb7-3ba2-4e91-87e4-65166571c0b8|sewage10

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