“Strategic water resource planning by the National Department of Water and Sanitation, the city and other stakeholders, updated in 2016, indicated that the next water supply scheme for the region would only be needed by 2021,” corporate services mayoral committee member, Xanthea Limberg, told News24.
“There was no indication that we would soon experience a drought on this scale.”
A subsequent meeting of the Western Cape water supply system’s steering committee meeting pushed back the implementation of the Table Mountain Group (TMG) aquifer scheme to between 2022 and 2026.
The exploratory phase of the TMG aquifer project concluded in 2012. Implementation of the next phase was delayed by three years due to a lack of funding.