n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Initial lessons learnt from the implementation of the All Towns Water Reconciliation Strategies in the Western and Eastern Cape : water engineering

Volume 22, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) initiated a nationwide programme aiming to ensure that all South African towns and villages will have access to sufficient and sustainable water supplies well into the future. This complements a similar programme, started in 2005, for metropolitan areas and the large water supply systems. There has been a major emphasis over the past decade on addressing the backlogs in water supply infrastructure mainly in the informal suburbs of urban towns and in rural areas, with many rural water supply schemes commissioned. However, at least 34 million m3/a of water is lost in the Western Cape alone (excluding Cape Town and surrounds) between the abstraction at the water resource and the provision to the end-user. It is clear that Water Conservation and Water Demand Management (WC/WDM) measures should be implemented as a priority in most if not all municipalities.

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