This paper aims to continue to add to the knowledge of productive uses of so called ‘domestic’ water in South Africa. It is based upon fieldwork that addressed key knowledge gaps such as the range of productive activities people are engaged in, who within the villages is involved in such activities and what constraints these people perceive in making improvements to their water-based livelihoods. Just how important are ‘domestic’ water supplies to their livelihood options? The rapid survey was designed to get a broad and brief initial understanding of productive water uses within the Sand River Catchment. It will be followed by more in-depth research in a smaller number of villages.
WHIRL Project Working Paper 4. Prepared for WHIRL project workshop on ‘Water resources managementand rural water supply’, Acornhoek, South Africa, 12-23 November 2001. 23 pp.