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Cape Town begins with rehabilitation work of Blinkwater Stream in Camps Bay

Cape Town: The City of Cape Town begins the rehabilitation work of Blinkwater Stream in Camps Bay to improve stormwater infrastructure and prevent future damages that occur from flood. The project spans from the Little Glen Nature Reserve to Theatre of the Bay, anticipating the completion of the schedule by the end of May.

Reportedly, as a part of proactive maintenance efforts by the Catchment, Stormwater and River Management (CRSM) team, the Water and Sanitation Directorate of City of Cape Town commenced with the rehabilitation of the Blinkwater Stream in Camps Bay.

Moreover, the project spans from the Little Glen Nature Reserve on Geneva Drive to the Theatre of the Bay on Link Street.

Photograph from the rehabilitation work of Blinkwater stream in Camps Bay
Photograph from the rehabilitation work of Blinkwater Stream in Camps Bay

Notably, the Blinkwater Stream originates from the Table Mountain, where several tributary streams converge at Hely Hutchinson Avenue before forming a single stream that flows down to the Camps Bay Beach, adjacent to the Tidal pool.

The stream experiences significant flow rates during the winter season stretching upto approx. 1.46 km length, attributing to multiple tributaries from Table Mountain.

The high flow rates during winter are coupled with the current condition of the concrete infrastructure, that prompted the initiation of the project by CSRM.

The upgradation mainly aims to ensure the Blinkwater Stream that can accommodate the intended flow rates, thereby enhancing the sustainability of the system for the coming years.

Photograph from the rehabilitation work of Blinkwater stream in Camps Bay
Photograph from the rehabilitation work of Blinkwater stream in Camps Bay

Additionally, the execution of the project will serve to protect the residents living near the stream. The work mainly aims to improve the infrastructure of stormwater streams and to prevent or limit the impact of future flood events.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Water and Sanitation Councillor – Zahid Badroodien said that this is one of the several projects of the nature that currently is under way across the City and has been prioritised by the Water and Sanitation Directorate ahead of the winter season and forms part of the holistic winter readiness plan.

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