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Academy Lecture: Cape Town's Water Supply - Experience & the Way Forward
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Academy Lecture: Cape Town's Water Supply - Experience & the Way Forward


When: 28 November 2019
17h30 for 18h00
Where: New Lecture Theatre
University of Cape Town
Cape Town  
South Africa
Peter Flower


Peter Flower’s presentation will address his personal insight into the management of the recent drought as well as many other aspects of the Western Cape’s water supply system. In his presentation he will address the management of the various dams that supply the City and the various irrigators, and the City’s management of its water distribution system and of consumer water demands which together avoided the so called “day zero”.

Peter’s presentation will provide insight into both the political and technical management of the drought, and of the City of Cape Town’s planning of additional future water supplies including the planning of groundwater development, water reuse and desalination.

This lecture is open to the public and will be followed by light refreshments (courtesy of the South African Academy of Engineering - SAAE). 

Click here to RSVP by 25 November 2019 or for further queries contact Ms Heleen Duffey at

Peter Flower is a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering. He recently retired from the position of Director of the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department after successfully leading the City through the worst drought recorded in some 100 years in the region. Peter has had 40 years experience in the water sector, mostly with the City of Cape Town where he was also involved with, and responsible for, the planning and development of a significant portion of the region’s bulk water supply infrastructure.


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