oa Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - A framework for a water demand management model (WDMM) for Bloem Water



To achieve the national objectives of equitable and sustainable social and economicdevelopment, strategies and institutional arrangements for water resourcesmanagement must be developed by water boards. There are also specific requirementsin the National Water Act (NWA) for water resources management activities to supportthe provision of water services. Many challenges face water resource managers inensuring that these national objectives be met and to be compliant with therequirements set by the NWA. Neither the resources nor the time required to addressthese objectives should be underestimated.<br>The fundamental bases of any water strategy/planning is water demand forecasting. Toaccomplish this, the need for a framework for the implementation of a Water DemandManagement Model (WDMM) was identified. Through focus group discussions withBloem Water and literature studies on water models the necessary features for aframework for a WDMM was identified. This was compared with the features of adecision support systems framework that yield many similarities.


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