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Building capacity to support implementation of water services risk management in district municipalities in Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape
Expanded Title:From project initiation it was imperative to understand that this was not a normal water research project. The Department of Science and Technology and its implementing agent, the Water Research Commission were sensitised to the nature of how this project needed to unfold. An “adapt and learn” process was crucial for the project’s success and would strongly rely on the commitment of municipalities and their capacity to work with the project team in improving risk management in both water and wastewater. Although guided by the World Health Organisation and Department of Water and Sanitation, Water Safety Planning (WSP) and Wastewater Risk Abatement Planning (W2RAP) approaches vary from institution to institution. It was imperative to understand these varying processes and build on what is already in place. The aim of this project was to use the existing Water Research Commission tools to engage with selected District Municipalities (DMs) within KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Eastern Cape (EC) and build capacity on risk based planning for water and wastewater systems. The added advantage is that the project sought to mutually highlight where interventions are required in order to better comply with the criteria of the Blue and Green Drop Certification Processes. Where no risk management was observed, the project team undertook to complete a WSP and/or W2RAP for one and/or two systems, walk through the process and advise the DM on its implementation plan and in so doing capacitate the DMs to conduct risk management that can be transferred to other systems. From the initial engagement with the 15 selected Water Service Authorities (WSAs) in KZN and EC a total of 12 WSAs committed to the process. Workshops were conducted with all 12 participating WSAs and action plans for both WSPs and W2RAPs were developed for implementation. Although successfully completing the action plans for the participating WSAs, certain WSAs found implementation challenging. This can be attributed to the commitment and capacity but was also influenced by the wavering support of the Blue and Green Drop Accreditation Processes which seem to have been halted. WSAs need to revitalise the importance of Risk Management in the provision of water and wastewater services to ensure personnel and funds are made available to address key risks identified and implementation of the WSPs, W2RAPs and Action plans. In terms of new WSPs and W2RAPs at identified WSAs the following was undertaken: Water Safety Planning • Amajuba (2 systems) • Zululand (2 systems) • Uthungulu (2 systems) •Uthukela (2 systems) • OR Tambo (1 system) Wastewater Risk Abatement Planning • Ugu (2 systems) •Zululand (2 systems)
Date Published:01/12/2016
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Wastewater Management - Industrial, Wastewater Management - Sewers
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 693/16
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0858-6
Authors:Moorgas S; Jack U; Manxodidi T
Project No:K5/7052
Originator:WRC
Organizations:Emanti Management (Pty) Ltd
Document Size:3 503 KB
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