Officials drilling for water: Cape Town

Photo_Web_Water_Crisis_111217

The taps will pump two million litres of water from new aquifers into the Gamka Dam pipeline.

The taps will pump two million litres of water from new aquifers into the Gamka Dam pipeline.

Photo_Web_Water_Crisis_111217

The taps will pump two million litres of water from new aquifers into the Gamka Dam pipeline.

The taps will pump two million litres of water from new aquifers into the Gamka Dam pipeline.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town officials are hard at work, drilling to source water from underground aquifers.

Officials believe this will be cheaper than other water-augmentation options and could add 80-million litres a day to the city’s supply.

 

Cape Town is experiencing its worst drought in over a century.

Mayor Patricia de Lille is intent on forging ahead with a drought levy, which she says will delay the arrival of Day Zero, the day on which municipal taps are expected to run dry.

READ: Deepening crisis: NMB water level at all-time low

“We gonna have about 50 different sites around Cape Town where there will be drilling for water. Rigs are coming from all over the country. They’re on their way to Cape Town and the first of them have arrived and that is the hope that we can give to Capetonians. But it’s gonna take another week or two before we could actually push this water into the pipeline", said Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille.