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Objective of the water reconciliation strategy

The overall objective of the water reconciliation strategy is to meet legitimate current and future water requirements in the Olifants River catchment and adjacent supply areas of Polokwane and Mokopane.

Two sub-objectives stem from this main objective, namely:

  • Development of a water reconciliation strategy for the Olifants Water Supply System;

  • Implementation and maintenance of the water reconciliation strategy.

Development of a water reconciliation strategy

A study on the development of the water reconciliation strategy for the Olifants River Water Supply System started in the beginning of 2010 and was completed early in 2012. The objectives of the study were:

  • Address growing water demands as well as serious water quality problems experienced in the catchment that would affect water availability;

  • Identify water resource management and development options;

  • Provide reconciliation interventions – both structural and administrative/regulatory;

  • Facilitate communication and strengthen the partnership between DWS and key stakeholders.

Continuation of the water reconciliation strategy

A Strategy Steering Committee has been established to take on the longer term responsibility for ensuring that the strategy remains up-to-date, relevant, and that the strategy and its updates is implemented.

The Strategy Steering Committee must oversee that:

  • The relevant institutions accept their implementation responsibilities;

  • The targets for water reconciliation interventions for reducing the water demands are achieved;

  • The increased yields as a result of structural interventions are realised;

  • The real water requirements and system yields are continuously checked against the estimated figures in the strategy and the strategy is adapted and updated when necessary.


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