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08. Mai 2009
Cape Town Soccer Stadiums Go Green
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.
This will be much cheaper than using potable water, he said.
"The project will include a water supply pipeline from these natural springs to the Green Point Common area..."
It would cost about R15 million. R2.3 million was available on the current budget for the 2008/09 financial year. The remainder would come from the 2009/10 budget.
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."
The option of rainwater harvesting was also explored, but turned out to be unviable because water demand was high in summer, while Cape Town was a winter rainfall area.
"The outcome of the feasibility investigation in August 2008 clearly favoured the sourcing of a non-potable water supply," said Justus.