(KSA 3) Water Use and Waste
THRUST 1: Water Services – Institutional And Management Issues
The efficient functioning of water service institutions and their viability is key to sustaining water services in rural and urban areas. The focus of this thrust is to address strategic research aspects related to policy issues, institutional reform, regulation, infra-structure management, operations and maintenance, sanitation (stormwater, sewerage and on-site sanitation), water-related competencies and capacity required for the strengthening of water institutions (water service providers, water service authorities, water boards, national departments) in providing sustainable water services.
Current programmes are:
Programme 1: Cost-recovery in water services
Scope: The issue of cost-recovery
has been identified as a critical aspect affecting sustainable services.
In an environment where genuine poverty affects cost-recovery, this
program intends to develop innovative strategies and processes to tackle
the problem. The focus will be on generating in-depth knowledge of the
problem and testing new approaches.
Programme 2: Institutional and management
issues - Water services
Scope: Relationships and
partnerships between service providers, both external and internal, are
important prerequisites to sustainable water service delivery. This
programme’s objective is to generate knowledge and processes that would
support this new form of service delivery. Innovative management
techniques are a necessity for viable and sustainable water service
provision. This programme intends to find innovative solutions to
critical problems with the financing and management of essential
services such as water supply and sanitation.
Programme 3: Innovative management
arrangements - Rural water supply
Scope: The focus of research within
this programme is to provide support to water service institutions with
special reference to sustainable cost-recovery and implementation of the
free basic water policy; key performance indicators for monitoring and
evaluation of service delivery; guidelines for sound management of water
service institutions and development of effective strategies for
promoting an integrated approach to rural development.
Programme 4: Regulation of water services
Scope: Regulation of water services
is important for the sector to achieve improved functioning and
performance of the delivery of water and sanitation services, to the
benefit of the population. Furthermore, it ensures greater efficiency
and improved management of the infrastructure and customers. This
programme will support, through knowledge creation, the development of
an effective water regulatory environment.
Programme 5 : Water Services education and
Scope: A fully informed community
or individual plays a vital role in the sustainable use of water
services, which contributes to water efficiency and improved
environmental health. This programme will address education and
awareness aspects which contribute to efficient water use, improved
hygiene behaviour and sustainable services.
Linkages to Government outcomes
These research results are in direct support of the following outputs under Outcomes 6, 7 and 9 of the Programme of Action of The Presidency as announced in May 2010:
Outcome 6: An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network
Outcome 7: Vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities and food security for all
Outcome 9: A responsible, efficient and effective local government
Outcome 10: Environmental assets and natural resources that are well protected