CoCT denies plans to build desalination plant on Mouille Point promenade

Residents of Mouille Point are objecting to the proposed building of a desalination plant in their area saying the City did not consult them about this.

A petition has been formed to halt the construction of a desalination plant on the Mouille Point beach promenade.

One of the organisers of the petition, James Michael Bisset, says he only heard about the desalination plant from his body corporate last week.

Everybody I have spoken to thinks this is absolutely ludicrous...

James Michael Bisset, one of the organizers of the petition

The City of Cape Town's Xanthea Limberg rubbished the claims that the City is planning to build a desalination plant in Mouille Point.

She says the City has identified nine areas where these plants will be built and Mouille Point is not on the list.

The City has identified Granger Bay, which is the closest to Mouille Point, to build a temporary plant which will be housed in a container.

We have only gone out to tender last week so we are still in a process of receiving submissions.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

We are still very much in the infancy stages given that we are only at procurement.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

This Granger Bay plant is planned on being a small scale and temporary one.

The disaster declaration notice means the Council does not need to engage in a public participation process.

But we still have to comply with environmental requirements so the city still has to undergo an environmental impact assessment.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

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