The city’s Water and Sanitation Directorate successfully achieved 95% spend of its R2.385-billion capital budget in the 2022/23 financial year.

An aerial view of the Zandvliet Wastewater Treatment Works under construction. Image supplied by the City of Cape Town

An aerial view of the Zandvliet Wastewater Treatment Works under construction. Image supplied by the City of Cape Town

This proves our commitment to investing in infrastructure, which ultimately provides access to good quality drinking water and dignified sanitation – particularly in informal settlements.

“One must commend our Water and Sanitation staff, who managed the highest allocation of capital expenditure within the City in the 2022/23 financial year. Some of the major successes have been in enhancing wastewater treatment capacity. R248-million was spent on upgrades to Zandvliet Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) and R129-million on the commencement of the extension of Potsdam WWTW, after years of delay,” said the city’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, councillor Zahid Badroodien

Other major projects contributed to this expenditure including:

  • R221-million on the Cape Flats Aquifer Recharge
  • R159-million replacement and upgrades of the sewer pipe network
  • R104-million on upgrades to sewer pump stations
  • R118-million towards the Cape Flats sewer pipeline rehabilitation and
  • R117-million upgrade of the water pipe network

To combat load-shedding, the directorate pioneered the installation of Uninterrupted Power Supply systems (UPS) at pump stations and paired this with security upgrades to reduce vandalism.

“This financial year will present new challenges as our capital budget doubles. R4.3-billion has been allocated to enable us to deliver on the objectives set out in the City’s Water Strategy. R604-million will be going towards the New Water Programme for the Cape Flats, Atlantis and Table Mountain Group aquifers, as well as the Faure New Water plant,’ said councillor Badroodien.

A further R38-million has also been made available for new taps and toilets in informal settlements, and the drive to repair leaks in indigent households will continue to be implemented beyond the 534 households who have already benefitted thus far.