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Aim: To develop, implement and improve policies, strategies and guidelines for the development of the Sources Directed Studies (SDS) measures.

Our Mandate: Chapter 3 of the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998) makes provision for the Protection of Water Resources, of which part 3 deals with Pollution Prevention. The Directorate: SDS is therefore responsible for:

  • 1.1.  Developing policies, strategies, systems, methodologies and guidelines for Sources Directed Studies (SDS) measures

  • 1.2.  Scientific and technical SDS support for the implementation of strategic imperatives [rehabilitation, remediation,
             Climate Change, National Water Resource Strategy (NWRS) and International Engagements (ORASECOM)].

  • 1.3.  Development and maintenance of strategic relationships within the Department and broader water sector.

Sources Directed Studies – Current Projects

  • 1.  National Eutrophication Management Strategy
    • Aim: to develop a strategy which provides guidance to the Department of Water and Sanitation and the water sector at large on strategies to avoid, reduce and mitigate the effects of eutrophication in South African water resources.

    • National Eutrophication is being developed. The scope of this work includes development of the following reports: Framework, Gap Analysis, Inception, Situation Assessment, Eutrophication Management Policy and Strategy and Strategy into Practice.

  • 2.  Rehabilitation Management Guidelines for Water Resources
    • Aim: to develop best practices guidelines for the Rehabilitation, Remediation and Management of Water Resources which provide guidance to the Department and the water sector at large, on best-practices for management of water resources in South Africa.

    • The scope of this work includes development of the following reports: Gap Analysis, Framework, Inception, Situation Assessment, Rehabilitation & Remediation Guidelines and Guidelines into Practice.

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