n Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering = Joernaal van die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut van Siviele Ingenieurswese - Benchmarking water use and infrastructure based on water services development plans for nine municipalities in the Western Cape

Volume 49, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1021-2019



With municipalities constantly under pressure due to staff shortages, the need for benchmarks to assist them with the planning process of their water infrastructure becomes an important tool to ensure effective water management. The lack of available and trustworthy data plays an important role. The use of the data provided in the Water Service Development Plan (WSDP), as required by legislation, provides municipalities with a starting point that can be used to measure their performance against other municipalities in similar positions, or against which they can measure their progress towards set goals.

An analysis of the data provided in the WSDPs of nine municipalities, representing 56 communities in the Western Cape, provides the basis for the setting of benchmarks in consumption, non-revenue water, storage capacity, treatment capacity and the re-use of treated effluent.

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