Help stave off Day Zero

How Century City Property Owners is preparing for Day Zero

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Date 25 January 2018
Author Tatum Sieni
Contact Name Maggie Rowley
Contact Email info@centurycity.co.za
Contact Telephone +27 21 552 6889

Century City is currently in a very fortunate situation in that we are able to use treated effluent water pumped from the Potsdam Wastewater Treatment Works for all irrigation requirements and for toilet flushing and cooling systems in the 17 Green- rated buildings within the precinct.

The treated effluent supply agreement, between the CCPOA and the City of Cape Town, was recently renewed providing Century City rights to additional capacity to meet the growing needs of new green buildings and landscaped areas as well as some other stakeholders, including Canal Walk, who are investigating retrofitting their buildings to use treated effluent for flushing purposes. We would urge all stakeholders to consider doing likewise.

One must bear in mind, however, that when the City of Cape Town restricts the flow of potable water it will result in less water entering the wastewater treatment works and thus we can expect less treated effluent water to be available. This could result in a treated effluent supply issue to Century City and the supply, therefore, cannot be guaranteed going forward.

The CCPOA has been discussing and planning for Day Zero and Cape Town’s water challenges were raised at the recent CCPOA Directors’ meeting. Currently, we are engaging with the City to get clarity on the location of the 200 planned water collection points and other issues as there is major uncertainty in this regard.

The provision of potable water is legally a national government responsibility and the CCPOA is thus not currently permitted to further treat non-potable water into potable water.

If Day Zero does arrive the CCPOA will make non-potable and canal water available to Century City stakeholders, via a bucket system, for toilet flushing purposes for as long as the supply is available.

In addition, the CCPOA Rules and Regulations were recently updated to allow for the installation of groundwater extraction points within private property boundaries. An application must be submitted to the CCPOA office and approval granted prior to the installation taking place.

We are in a unique and fluid situation but are continuously engaging with the City of Cape Town and will provide you with updates as these become available.