Conservation and Demand Management in the Agricultural Sector
accounts for 50% of the total water use in South Africa. The application
of water conservation and demand management (WC/DM) principles in
the irrigation and farming sector will have a significant effect on
the availability of water to other sectors. Protection of water resources
will require changes in the approach of water users and regulatory
Development and Environmental Education
is a very precious resource which has an impact on all aspects of
life! If water conservation is to be successful, we must ensure that
both socio- economic and biophysical issues are considered in integrated
resource planning processes.
Mining and Power Generation Sector
Industry, Mining and Power Generation Programme facilitates the development
and implementation of appropriate policies, strategies, projects and
initiatives that will promote and institutionalise water conservation
and demand management in these important economic sectors. Simultaneously,
the programme aims to establish a culture of water conservation in
the industrial sector that will ensure optimal and sustainable use
of natural resources as well as cost-effectiveness and job creation.
Authorities & Water Services Institutions
Water Services sector is defined as that sector which uses water resources
managed by Water Services Authorities. It is an essential sector even
though it is estimated at using less than 15% of fresh water resources.
Together with the industrial sector, this mostly domestic sector is
expected to show the largest future growth in demand because of impacts
such as population growth and urbanisation. This places enormous pressure
on an already limited resource and therefore requires continuous development
of new management practices and infrastructure.