muzienberg pool

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Cape Town: Muizenberg pool now has its own water source for summer

Muizenberg pool is one of the City of Cape Town’s facilities which will remain open over the summer. And it now has its own water source.

muzienberg pool

Photo: City of Cape Town

While the dreaded “Day Zero” has been avoided (for now), the City of Cape Town is still doing what it can to save water. Dam levels have been declining slowly and water restrictions have been relaxed.

But the warmer weather is here and everyone is keen to stay cool. 

Over the season 17 public swimming pools  (out of 35) will open to the public with Muizenberg being one of the biggest and most popular.

Good news, then that the swimming pool now has its own fresh water source.

“The Recreation and Parks Department has started implementing plans to reduce the dependency on potable water to maintain the swimming pools,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

“Initially, the plan was to draw salt water as an alternative water source for the Muizenberg pool, but drilling for a well point resulted in finding good quality fresh water instead, which will also be used for irrigation,” explained Alderman Smith.

An additional well point was drilled to serve the purpose of a water collection point which operates independently and the water will be used to top up other operational swimming pools.

The cost of installing this well point was just over R400 000. The work also included drilling several well points, connecting them to the water tanks and then into the plant.

Some additional work is still needed, but the pool will be open until 2 February 2019.