Cape Town - The company in charge of the desalination plant at the Waterfront is taking legal action against the City.
Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) lodged court papers in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday.
QFS managing director Herman Smit said: “The plant is still not in operation as the contractual disputes have not been settled. The City has failed to clarify its legal position relative to the water to be injected. QFS have, via their legal advisor, formally advised the City that QFS does not believe the City is meeting its legal obligations to comply with the necessary water safety regulations.”
He said the City should be conducting routine tests of the local sea water quality and identifying any potential health risks. The company is suing the City for breach of contract to the value of R53 million, plus damages. The company claims the City owes it millions in outstanding payments and that it had incurred huge extra costs to clean the seawater after discovering high levels of pollution.
“QFS spent substantial extra capital (circa R8m) and additional operational costs to make sure that the final water is safe to drink. The City does not want to acknowledge their responsibility or pay the extra costs for this treatment. The City had, up until now, claimed that they had no awareness as to the poor feed water quality and have held QFS responsible throughout for the poor sea water condition,” Smit said.