Southern Africa is facing challenges in terms of water scarcity, alternatives and innovation for water services are critical to address this. With the recent drought eThekwini Municipality saw the need for water sector stakeholders to find ways of responding to the unprecedented water shortages by hosting an Intra-Africa Water Desalination Round Table Discussion. The learning event took place from 6-7 February 2017 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium with about 60 water sector stakeholders.
As part of the Sister Cities Programme, the eThekwini Municipality Intergovernmental International Relations Unit (IGR) together with eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) Unit and Grupo Cobra South Africa hosted the learning event facilitated by the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE).
Desalination is the process of removing salts and minerals from water to make it suitable for both human consumption and industrial use. Grupo Cobra provided its experience and expertise in this domain in Algeria, where they developed a 200,000 m3/day desalination plant through Beni Saf Water Company, the Algerian Special Purpose Vehicle entity for the project.
With a delegation from Oran and key global experts in Desalination participants spent the day exploring this innovation and its relevance for South African municipalities.
Various presentations were done by eThekwini Municipality, KZN COGTA, SALGA and Oran City in Algeria which is one of the African cities who have successfully implemented Water Desalination to address water shortages.