Ensuring effective water resources
IN A bid to invest in effective water resources in the province, the water and sanitation department hosted the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan workshop at Bophelo House in Bloemfontein this week.
The departmental spokesperson, Marcus Monyakeni, says the master plan seeks to guide, integrate and set priorities on infrastructure development, refurbishment, operation and maintenance.
This groundbreaking workshop was also aimed to solicit inputs from stakeholders in the water sector, government departments, municipalities, the private sector and from community members in attendance.
He said the plan would also contribute positively to the sector by aligning institutional arrangements and ensuring collaboration and accountability by government authorities in partnership with community involvement.
Addressing the workshop, the director of water sector support in the water and sanitation department, Priscilla Mohapi, said their plan was to look at investments for effective water resources.
“The plan aims to provide an overall perspective of the scope of the water and sanitation business, to estimate the investments required to ensure effective water resources.
It is drafted to facilitate effective integrated investment planning, implementation of actions and evaluation of achievements” Mohapi said.
She said the plan would seek to assist government with its investment planning for the development of water resources. It is also intended for the delivery of water and sanitation services until 2030.
“The plan has been adopted because the country faces a number of challenges that have come to hinder the sustainability of water supply for the future, the plan could not have come at a more opportune time, to deal with these challenges,” Mohapi said.
The consultation process with stakeholders started on November 24.
Mohapi said the department has set itself the task to submit consolidated inputs to the Cabinet by March followed by a rollout and implementation plan by April.