Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cape Town to Stop Irrigating Green Point With Drinking Water

Cape Town has announced a "green" plan to irrigate the city's World Cup stadium, opting to use non-potable spring water to irrigate the stadium and the nearby Green Point park, as opposed to the drinking water that had been used in the past.

The City of Cape Town has approved a R15 million "green" project to irrigate 2010 Soccer World Cup stadiums, an official said on Thursday.

After several green options were considered the city decided to use underground spring water for irrigation, said Alderman Clive Justus, mayoral committee member for the city's utility services.

"The final report identified the use of underground spring water from a few natural springs situated above the Molteno Reservoir in the city bowl as being the most favourable solution," he said in a statement.

...Until now, the Green Point Common, which includes the Metropolitan Golf Course, had been irrigated with pure drinking water.

"However, in keeping with the objectives of the 2010 World Cup Project - which also includes the reconfiguration of the Green Point Common - the need to reduce the long-term demand on potable water to irrigate the area was identified at an early stage."

Cape Town soccer stadiums go green
Independent Online
May 7, 2009