South Africa’s first solar-powered desalination plant is ready to start pumping water to residents…

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South Africa’s first solar-powered desalination plant is ready to start pumping water to residents…

South Africa’s first solar-powered desalination plant is ready to start pumping water to residents of Witsand near Riversdale. The project is a collaboration between the Western Cape and French governments. Witsand is one of many small towns in the region feeling the impact of the drought. The plant will churn out 73 kilowatts of power to convert salt water to drinking water. Project manager, Patrice Boyer, says the plant will bring much needed relief to residents.”Basically its the very first plant in SA and extendable in Africa which is going to produce drinkable water from sea water with solar energy only. No batteries. So its a first in Africa and so far it will be the biggest in the world becaue its going to produce 100 kilolitre of drinkable water per day.” Residents have welcomed their new water resource. In December, the popular holiday destination swells from 500 residents to over five thousand. One of the overjoyed residents is Jo Attenborough. “It’s a positive move in terms of supplementing water that used to be a problem during the festive season in the past and the town is kinda only geared up for x amount of people for regular water supply and over the many years going back, we inevitably end up having the problem of no water.”





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