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Drug firm has a plan to bypass tap water

Aspen subsidiary Fine Chemicals will spend most of its drought mitigation funding on water treatment.

Aspen Pharmacare’s Cape Town-based subsidiary, Fine Chemicals Corporation, is so concerned about the risks posed by the region’s drought that it is investing in new infrastructure to enable it to run independently of the municipal water supply.

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Cape Town water being treated for harmless compound

The City of Cape Town is treating its dwindling water supplies for a harmless organic compound that is affecting its smell and taste, it said on Tuesday. Confirming the suspicions of many who had observed changes in the water as dam levels dropped to 27.3%, councillor Xanthea Limberg said the compound geosmin was responsible.

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