Water and Sanitation Department hosts workshop on water challenges

2017-08-02 06:00
Photo: nkosnathi dubeMembers at the workshop.

Photo: nkosnathi dubeMembers at the workshop.

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THE KZN Department of Water and Sanitation hosted a provincial workshop to address water challenges and develop a master plan for the South African water crisis at the iLembe Disaster Management Centre on Tuesday.

The objective of developing the national water and sanitation master plan is for structures of the state responsible for water resource management, water services and sanitation to make input and agree on the journey towards finalisation on the obligation of the Constitution, the national development plan, sustainable development goals, etc, that could be achieved by 2030.
This approach will ensure that government speaks in one voice when engaging stakeholder. In his opening statement in his presentation the national project manager outlined challenges and laid out plans to eradicate the water crisis in the vision 2030 as outlined in the NDP. 
The major challenges that were highlighted included the unco-ordinated planning, delays in infrastructure, resources development, un-informed communities and neglect of observations and measurement.

Stakeholders at the workshop hold the view that the water and sanitation sector in South Africa faces continually evolving challenges as the demands and patterns of water use change in sympathy with the changing social, environmental, economic and technological factors.
The development of this national water and sanitation master plan requires active participation and ownership by water users and sector players spanning organisations and individuals from, national, provincial and local government.



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