Harvesting icebergs, a solution to Cape Town drought, says expert

Harvesting icebergs, a solution to Cape Town drought, says expert

Nick Sloane, the famous marine salvage expert who refloated the Costa Concordia in 2013. Picture: ANA

Harvesting icebergs could help provide for at least 20 percent of Cape Town’s water needs, a salvage expert said on Wednesday.

Offering solutions to Cape Town’s water woes while addressing delegates at the African Utility Week in the Cape Town convention centre, Nick Sloane said the answer to Cape Town’s water needs may just be in “mother nature’s icebergs”.

During a keynote session, where solutions from nature were explored to address increasing energy and water constraints, he told delegates that a total of 140,000 icebergs were drifting in the southern oceans and melting.

“It sounds like a crazy idea but if we break it down, it is not so crazy after all,” he said.

His address followed the director of water and sanitation in the City of Cape Town, Peter Flower, who also presented on the water crisis in the city.

Flower told delegates the city still needed to reduce consumption to 450 million litres of water per day to keep Day Zero at bay. With the current usage at 500 million litres per day, the situation would remain dire despite measures employed by the city to reduce consumption.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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