The objectives of this paper are to:
- provide a critique of existing policies in South Africa that aim to
ensure water security for the rural water sector including the Basic
Human Needs Reserve (BHNR) and new licensing arrangements,
- identify gaps and key research needs and,
- briefly describe future action research planned within the Sand River
It is targeted at policy makers and practitioners involved in trying to
implement South Africa’s new water legislation and policies,
particularly those concerned with rural water development and
management. The issues raised will also be of interest to others
involved in ensuring sustainable water resources and services in
semi-arid developing countries. It aims to promote discussion and
dialogue between the research partners and these organisations, and to
inform the follow-up research activities.
WHIRL Project Working Paper 6. 29 pp.
Water resource management for rural water supply: implementing the Basic Human Needs Reserve and licensing in the Sand River Catchment, South Africa