• Water Management

Water Management

 South Africa is a water-stressed country that faces compounding water-related challenges, such as security of supply, pollution of water resources and flooding. Growing cities need to be able to provide access to reliable, safe water and sanitation services, and to maintain current infrastructure. Furthermore, cities ought to manage their catchment areas in a responsible manner and protect ecosystems against pollution and degradation.

Most city residents have access to safe water and sanitation services, more so than rural dwellers. They are generally better protected against risks from floods, droughts, water pollution and reduced resilience of freshwater ecosystems. This is a result of the institutions, water utilities, financing mechanisms and technologies that have been implemented in recent years. Yet these achievements on their own are not sufficient to ensure that urban water management arrangements are fit for emerging challenges and growing cities.


  • State of City Water in Cities Analysis of water resource and its management in Cities. The South African Cities Network (SACN) has included water management on its agenda as one of its focus areas: Dealing with City Vulnerabilities, owing to the growing threat of freshwater scarcity largely as a consequenceof increasing demand, pollution, unsustainable use and climate change.
  • State of Water in Cities. An assessment of the current state and quality of water infrastructure within cities as well as the condition of the freshwater resources (rivers and wetlands). A comprehensive set of figures showing the indicators measured as part of this study are found in Appendix D.
  • February 2015 Infrastructure Dialogue. Infrastructure Dialogue: Water Demand, Water Conservation, Water Management, Water Treatment.