oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Current service delivery challenges for municipalities with regard to water management

Volume 17, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Governing today is far from simple. The pressures caused by ongoing budget constraints, exacerbated by the subprime mortgage crisis and the resulting rise in foreclosures, plus a contracting credit market are compounded by major challenges which include insufficient capacity within local government resulting in poor operation and maintenance of infrastructure. This manifests within municipalities as ineffective utilisation of municipal resources, non-compliance with environmental legislation, little or no service delivery, and potential hazardous environmental and human health impacts. The management of water, one vital aspect of the environment, is consequently being neglected in most regions of South Africa. There is an urgent need today to protect our scarce water resources and, at the same time, properly manage storm water and waste water for the benefit of the environment and the protection of communities.

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