Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 04 March 2010
The Department of Water Affairs has released its strategic plan for 2010 – 2013. The plan promises to ensure that “every community in our nation has clean potable water” through a clear understanding of current and future water needs, policy, a regulatory framework and the capacity to perform the tasks at hand.
In her forward, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Buyelwa Sonjica, commits “…to ensure that equity is indeed achieved in water allocation and distribution”.
“Indeed, unless there is a countrywide appreciation of the finite nature of water and the additional limitations imposed by factors such as climate change, the effort to reconcile the demand and supply of water is doomed to failure.”
Acting Director General, Ms N Ngele, sets out that the key challenge is to manage the conflicting demands of the “ever increasing demand versus diminishing supplies; development of new sources of water versus maintenance of existing ones; and providing for industrial growth versus providing all South Africans especially the underserved.”
In her Strategic Overview Ms Ngele notes that the Department is investing in new infrastructure and maintaining and rehabilitating dysfunctional systems. “This commitment is particularly relevant with respect to developing water infrastructure to meet the specific needs of different rural communities”.
“As issues of water security (quality and quantity) and regulation have emerged as major concerns in the water sector, the need for the Department to become visible as sector leader as well as regulator has been illuminated”.
Read the full report here: Dept of Water Affairs Strategic Plan