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Development of an Integrated Water Quality Management Framework Decision Support System: Pilot study in the Breede-Gouritz Water Management Area
Expanded Title:The aim of this project was to pilot the Integrated Water Quality Management System (IWQMS) that was developed in the WRC Project K5/ 2159, by introducing the proposed decision support system to an existing institution, to undertake a literature review on Early Warning Systems and propose how the various options could be incorporated into the IWQMS. The benefits of such a system are: close to real-time water quality/ quantity reporting by the water users; close to real-time access to water quality/ quantity monitoring information; simplified reporting for the regulators; potential to include civil society organisation in the input of water quality data; and the potential for spreading the monitoring footprint and reducing the cost of monitoring to the regulator. The results have indicated a number of institutional constraints, as well as some exciting possibilities. The concept of ownership seems to be a large hurdle that will need to be moved. It is going to take a mind-set change to get personnel at all levels out of their comfort zone as the immediate reporting may put them in the spotlight, where questions may be asked and answers will need to be given. It will mean that officials and water users at all levels will need to be proactive rather than reactive, and will need to work as partners in implementing integrated water resources management. The project has had some positive outcomes in that will be used by the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency, with potential for use in the Olifants WMA as part of the development of an Integrated Water Quality Management Plan for that area, and potentially in the Inkomati-Usuthu WMA.
Date Published:11/04/2018
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Catchment Management
Document Keywords:Water Quality
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 740/17
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0949-1
Authors:Boyd L; Adams F; Sithole Z; Dateling J; McConkey G
Originator:WRC
Organizations:Golder Associates (Africa) Pty Ltd
Document Size:4 143 KB
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