oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Public participation in water demand management and conservation

Volume 16, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The project approaches demand management from a different perspective in that it focuses on the role of the community in managing and decreasing water losses through altering perceptions and wasteful water use habits. The community awareness campaign helped to capacitate the community with knowledge to contribute constructively to the decision making process of the municipality by alerting the municipality to the pertinent challenges and thus the efficient channelling of funds and interventions to address the most crucial areas of water loss. The project utilised water demand management as a vehicle for employment creation and created an opportunity for 51 indigent community residents to participate in the implementation of the knowledge dissemination initiative and in managing the water demand.

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