oa Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - An Operational Management System (OMS) for Bloem Water
To achieve the national objectives of equitable and sustainable social and economic development, strategies and institutional arrangements for water resources management must be developed by water boards. There are also specific requirements in the National Water Act (NWA) for water resources management activities to support the provision of water services. Many challenges face water resource managers in ensuring that these national objectives be met and to be compliant with the requirements set by the NWA. Neither the resources nor the time required to address these objectives should be underestimated. Availability of knowledge on best practices on water transfer between dams and reservoirs is of utmost importance to assure stability in water supply in a water scarce region like the Free State. The growing economy and scarcity of skilled workers contribute negatively to this. To ensure stability in the water supply by the local Water Board, the need for an Operational Management System (OMS), where knowledge can be captured and updated, is essential. The benefits of the Human- Computer Synergy can be implemented to accomplish this (Oz 2000: 14). This project's focus will be to determine the operational rules (knowledge needed) for such a system and the development of a framework to implement the OMS.
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