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Water Resources: Government Information: Library Guide: South Africa: Local

This guide directs you to government sources on water resources from international to local level.

Government

Municipalities are responsible for basic water supply and sanitation services, e.g. City of Cape Town Water and Sanitation. They may be designated Water Services Authorities (WSAs), e.g., Amajuba District Municipality.

The Department of Water Affairs have been measuring and monitoring the overall performance of water services authorities through the Regulatory Performance Measurement System (RPMS) and drinking water quality through the Blue/Green Drop Certification Programmes. 

Drought: City of Cape Town

City of Cape Town: Dam Levels Report

City of Cape Town. Think Water

City of Cape Town. Safety and Security Department. Critical Water Shortages Disaster Plan : Public Summary.  Cape Town : City of Cape Town, October 2017.

University of Cape Town. Cape Town Water Crisis

Ziervogel, Gina. Unpacking the Cape Town drought: lessons learned. Report for Cities Support Programme (of the National Treasury) undertaken by African Centre for Cities. February 2019.

Guidelines

G 68 JWRC TT 595/14 McKenzie, R. S. (Ronald Scot), 1958- author.    Guidelines for reducing water losses in South African municipalities :   report to the Water Research Commission /    Gezina [South Africa] :   Water Research Commission,   April 2014.
 

Heritage

Dippenaar, M. A., author.    Hydrological heritage overview :   Cape Town : where sweet waters meet the sea.   Gezina [South Africa] :   Water Research Commission of South Africa,   2016. G 68 JWRC SP 95/16

 

Legislation

National Government legislation provides an enabling framework for local government. Search Sabinet's Netlaw database for the current versions of the following national acts with regulations:

Water Services Act 108 of 1997

Local Government Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000

Local Government Municipal Structures Act 107 of 1998

National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998

See the following book for a useful overview:

G 68 JWRC 1433/1/06
Mazibuko, Gugu.
   Evaluation of the opportunities for cooperative governance between catchment management agencies and local government / Gugu Mazibuko and Guy Pegram. --    [Gezina : Water Research Commission] , 2006.
   xii , 90 p. : ill., 30 cm. ( WRC report ; no. 1433/1/06 )

 

Search Sabinet's Municipal By-laws and Provincial Gazettes databases and municipal websites for municipal legislation, e.g.,

City of Cape Town. Water By-law, 2010

Management

Blue horizons :   local government and water resource management /    [Gezina, South Africa] :   Water Research Commission,   [2011] GZDV 68 JWRC SP 19/11

Status reports

City of Cape Town. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water outlook: 2018 report. Revision 30, updated as at 31 December 2018. Cape Town : Department of Water and Sanitation, 2018.

City of Cape Town. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water and sanitation : summary : water outlook 2018. Cape Town : Department of Water and Sanitation, 2018.

South African Cities Network. State of water in cities: analysis of water resource and its management in cities. Braamfontein: South African Cities Network, March 2015.

South African Cities Network. State of water in cities. Appendix D: Graphs for identified indicators. Braamfontein: South African Cities Network, March 2015.

South African Cities Network. Synthesis report. State of water in cities: analysis of water resource and its management in cities. Braamfontein: South African Cities Network, January 2016.

Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA)

Department of Water and Sanitation. Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA). Search.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2012 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Eastern Cape Province: how to prioritise what has to be done to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, March 2013.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2013/2014 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Eastern Cape Province: how to prioritise what has to be done to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, July 2014.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2015 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Eastern Cape: identifying and implementing actions to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, November 2015.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2015 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Free State: identifying and implementing actions to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, December 2015.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2012 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Gauteng Province: how to prioritise what has to be done to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation,  March 2013.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2013/2014 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Gauteng Province: how to prioritise what has to be done to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, August 2014.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2015 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Gauteng: identifying and implementing actions to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, November 2015.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2013/2014 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for KwaZulu-Natal Province: how to prioritise what has to be done to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, August 2014.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2012 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Limpopo Province: how to prioritise what has to be done to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, March 2013.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2013/2014 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Limpopo Province: how to prioritise what has to be done to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, July 2014.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2015 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Limpopo: identifying and implementing actions to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, November 2015.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2013/2014 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Mpumalanga Province: how to prioritise what has to be done to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, June 2014.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2015 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Mpumalanga: identifying and implementing actions to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, December 2015.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2013/2014 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Northern Cape Province: how to prioritise what has to be done to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, July 2014.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2013/2014 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for South Africa: how to prioritise what has to be done to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, September 2014.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2012 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Western Cape Province: how to prioritise what has to be done to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, March 2013.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2013/2014 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Western Cape Province: how to prioritise what has to be done to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, August 2014.

South Africa. Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Planning and Information: Business Intelligence Team. 2015 Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for Western Cape: identifying and implementing actions to enable sustainable, effective improvement of water services delivery. Pretoria: Department of Water and Sanitation, November 2015.

 

Statistics

Water Services : National Information System (WS NIS).

Data down to municipality, which you select and use to build a "report." Also some maps.

City of Cape Town. State of the environment report, 2018

Statistics of water use, waste water and water quality.

Plans

Municipalities are required to draft Water Services Development Plans, e.g. City of Cape Town Water services development plan, 2012/13-2015/16.

City of Cape Town. Water services development plan-IDP water sector input report, fy 2017/18-2012/22

Water services departmental sector plan for City of Cape Town 2012/13 – 2016/17 IDP term overview plan

Water services departmental sector plan for City of Cape Town 2012/13 – 2016/17 IDP term 2015/16 review

City of Cape Town. Water & sanitation: water demand management & strategy: review, 2014/15

City of Cape Town. Water services development plan for City of Cape Town, 2010/11-2013/14

City of Cape Town. Water Services Development Plan for City of Cape Town, 2007/08 - 2011/12. Revision: 3 May 07. Cape Town: City of Cape Town, 2007. Shelf no. G RCT E.WATE.07.WATE

City of Cape Town.  Water Services Development Plan for City of Cape Town, 2008/09 - 2012/13. Draft 2 (18 April 2008). Cape Town: Amanzi Obom Consulting, 2008. Shelf no. G RCT E.WATE.08.WATE

City of Cape Town. Water Services Development Plan of City of Cape Town. Cape Town: City of Cape Town, 2002. Shelf no. G RCT E.PLAN.02.WATE

Department of Water and Sanitation. Water Services Development Plans Home Page Requires registration (free).

Department of Water & Sanitation. Water master plan: Langeberg. Phase 1, Draft 1, June 2015. Pretoria: Department of Water & Sanitation, 2015.

Drakenstein Municipality. Water services development plan (WSDP): IDP water sector input report FY 2017/2018

Water consumption

City of Cape Town Open Data Portal. Water consumption

Viljoen, Nina. City of Cape Town Residential Water Consumption Trend Analysis 2014/2015. Cape Town : City of Cape Town, Water and Sanitation Department,  2016.

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City of Cape Town (South Africa). Council.
   City of Cape Town 2010/11 water consumption. --    [Cape Town : City of Cape Town, 2012?].
   [2] p. : chart ; 30 cm.

 

City of Cape Town. State of the environment report, 2009. Statistics of water use, waste water and water quality.

 

G RCT E.WATE.07.LONG
City of Cape Town (South Africa). Water Demand Management.
   Long-term water conservation and water demand management strategy, April 2007/ City of Cape Town ; [report prepared by Conward Consulting]. --    [Cape Town] : City of Cape Town, 2007.
   170 p. : ill. ; 30 cm.
G  68 JWRC TT 522/12
McKenzie, R. S. (Ronald Scot), 1958-
   The state of non-revenue water in South Africa (2012) / R. McKenzie, Z.N. Siqalaba & W.A. Wegelin ; report to the Water Research Commission by WRP Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd. --    Gezina, South Africa : Water Research Commission, 2012.
   1 v. (various pagings) : charts ; 30 cm. ( WRC report ; no. TT 522/12 )
Tables with litres per capita per day per municipality.

 

GZCD 68 JWRC 1536/1/06
   Water consumption levels in selected South African cities [electronic resource] / by H. J. van Zyl ... [et al.]. --    [Gezina, South Africa? : Water Research Commission], 2007.
   1 CD-ROM : col. ; 4 3/4 in. ( WRC report ; 1536/1/06 )

Water demand management

G 68 JWRC TT 519/12
   Compendium of water conservation and water demand management interventions and measures at the municipal level in South Africa / M. Rabe ... [et al.]. --    Gezina, South Africa : Water Research Commission, 2012. ( WRC report ; TT 519/12 )
   

G 68 E.WATE.08.WATE   South Africa. Dept. of Water Affairs and Forestry (1990-2010).    Water conservation and water demand management :   a booklet for councillors.    Pretoria :   Department of Water Affairs and Forestry,   2008.

G RCT E.WATE.07.LONG   City of Cape Town (South Africa). Water Demand Management.    Long-term water conservation and water demand management strategy, April 2007.    [Cape Town] :   City of Cape Town,   2007.

City of Cape Town (South Africa). Directorate: Water and Sanitation. Water demand management and strategy: review 2015/16. Cape Town: Water and sanitation, 2016?

City of Cape Town (South Africa). Draft: water demand management policy ; Draft: water demand management implementation strategy. Cape Town: City of Cape Town, 2001.

Service delivery

Municipal Benchmarking Initiative. Annual report on water services in South Africa, 2015

G 68 JWRC TT 647/15 Sarah Slabbert Associates, issuing body.    Perceptions of municipal water and sanitation services : report to the Water Research Commission /    Gezina [South Africa] :   Water Research Commission,   January 2016.

G 68 JWRC TT 631/15 Tapela, Barbara Nompumelelo, author.    Social protests and water service delivery in South Africa :   report to the Water Research Commission /    Gezina [South Africa] :   Water Research Commission,   May 2015.


SALGA. Supporting water services performance measurement and improvement : annual report on water services in South Africa, 2013. Archived in www.archive.org

Department of Water and Sanitation. Municipal Services Strategic Assessment (MuSSA) for South Africa, 2013/2014
 
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South Africa. Dept. of Water Affairs. Regulatory Performance Measurement System.    Municipal water services performance assessment ... report /    [Pretoria :   Dept. of Water Affairs] 2012.

 
G 68 JWRC 1892/1/13
Chidley, Ciaran.
   Critical assessment of raising the basic level of water services : report to the Water Research Commission / by Ciaran Chidley, Riaan Taljaard and Clement Longondjo. --    Gezina, South Africa : Water Research Commission, 2013.
   xiv, 90 p. ; 30 cm. ( WRC report ; no. 1892/1/13. )
 
G 68 JWRC 1953/1/12
   The impact of climate change on water services delivery : a case study of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality : report to the Water Research Commission / by S. J. Piketh ... [et al.] --    Gezina, South Africa : Water Research Commission, 2013.
   xiv, 103 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 30 cm. ( WRC report ; no. 1953/1/12. )
 
 
G 68 JWRC 1688/1/08
   The role of local government in integrated water resources management linked to water services delivery : report to the Water Research Commission / by Eliria H. Haigh ... [et al.]. --    Gezina, South Africa : Water Research Commission, 2008.
   xi, 111 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. ( WRC report ; no. 1688/1/08 )
 
G 68 E.WATE.08.WATE   Water services fault lines :   an assessment of South Africa's water and sanitation provision across 15 municipalities /    Johannesburg :   Centre for Applied Legal Studies ;   Geneva :   Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions,   2008.
 
 
G 68 JWRC 1812/1/10
GZCD 68 JWRC 1812/1/10
Harris, K.
   Situational analysis of water services provision in South Africa : establishing future strategies for consideration by municipalities : report to the Water Research Commission / by K. Harris and A. Vermeulen. --    [S.l. : s.n.], 2011.
   xv, 141 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm. + 1 CD-ROM 4 3/4 in. ( WRC report ; no 1812/1/10 )
 
 
G 68 JWRC 2087/1/P/13
Hosking, S. G.
   Trends in the insight into the growing South African municipal water service delivery problem : report to the Water Research Commission / edited and compiled by SG Hosking and KT Jacoby --    Gezina, South Africa : Water Research Commission, 2013.

   xvi, 113 p. ; 30 cm. ( WRC report ; no. 2087/1/P/13. )

Smith, Laila. Municipal compliance with water services policy: a challenge for water security. Pretoria: Development Bank of Southern Africa,  2009. (Development Planning Division Working Paper Series No. 10)