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A Preliminary Examination of Water Quality Compliance in a Selected Lowveld River: Towards Implementation of the Reserve
Expanded Title:“This study gave attention to the water quality component of the ecological Reserve. It focused on the Crocodile river catchment as a test case because it is one of highly stressed catchments, it was used in K5/1711 quantity compliance report and the fact that a recent comprehensive reserve determination was conducted in it. A participative research process was followed as inhabitants of the catchment are recognised as important role-players. Water quality issues raised most frequently included: inefficient wastewater treatment works; paper and pulping effluent; nitrate and phosphate pollution as a result of commercial agriculture and other land use activities. The study established that the methodologies underlying water quality and water quantity determination of the ecological Reserve were disjoint. There would be benefit in standardising them for better application, especially in water quality modelling. It is recommended that DWA review and approves the revised water quality determination method, particularly with a view to regulation (compliance and enforcement) of water quality standards. The study highlighted the difficulties of co-operative governance. The participatory process used in this study needs to be taken into consideration towards the development of an Integrated Water Quality Management Plan for the Crocodile River, with a potential to be adapted in other catchments and broader into other WMA, with the DWA as a central coordinator. It is necessary to internalize the principle of collective identity followed by collective action, based on shared benefits derived from a healthy ecosystem. These concepts can be taken further into basin or transboundary levels, with stakeholders at the centre of water resources management.”
Date Published:01/01/2013
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Planning and development, Water Resource Management/IWRM - Catchment Management
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Consultant
WRC Report No:KV 306/12
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0355-0
Authors:Palmer CG; Griffin NJ; Scherman P-A; Du Toit D; Mandikiana B; Pollard S
Project No:K8/984)
Organizations:Unilever Centre for Environmental Water Quality Institute for Water Research Rhodes University; Scherman Colloty & Associates (SC&A), Grahamstown, South Africa; Association for Water and Rural Development, Acornhoek, South Africa
Document Size:1 281 KB
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