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City invests R49,2-million in new treated effluent pump station

THE City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Directorate started construction on the Treated Effluent Re-use (TER) Scottsdene Pump Station, aimed to expand the accessibility of treated effluent. 

Treated effluent is a viable alternative water source for non-potable purposes, which can significantly reduce the demand on drinking water supply. 

Situated at Scottsdene Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW), this pump station and filtration facility project was initiated in September 2023. 

The first phase of work is scheduled for completion by February 2025. When completed, the pump station will be capable of supplying six megalitres per day (million litres per day) of treated effluent to the Scottsdene treated effluent network, extending about 3,6km currently, with a planned extension to 14km starting in July 2024.

Treated effluent undergoes a thorough treatment process at WWTWs to eliminate contaminants, rendering it suitable for safe discharge back into the environment. A portion of this treated effluent undergoes filtration before being distributed to customers for re-use.

The city produces treated effluent from nine WWTWs through a network of treated effluent pipes, 31 draw-off points, and nine collection points across the city. This resource serves various industries, including construction and irrigation for sports grounds, parks, schools, and golf courses.

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