Cape Town - Experts have warned Cape authorities that it will take at least four years to build large-scale desalination plants and are not the answer to their prayers to avoid "Day Zero".
The City of Cape Town, however, will continue with its plans to build desalination plants, which are expected to be completed in March, 2018.
Dawid Bosman, senior manager at Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority said desalination can change the industry and will secure the economic viability of the country. Bosman was speaking at a workshop presented by GIBB Engineering, which brought industry experts together to discuss solutions for the water crisis.
Bosman said countries like Australia have built massive desalination plants.
“The difference is that they knew what they wanted. The markets will punish you if they see that you are unsure of what type of plant it is that you want. The cheapest daily capital expenditure per cubic meter of desalinated water is about $200 (R2 823).