Water Quality Transparency

BACKGROUND

Over the past several years, there are numerous indications that the management and quality of both water and sewerage are not being maintained at the levels expected and required in the best interests of the people of South Africa. Water Quality reports have not been made public since 2014. It is for this reason that OUTA has focussed on holding governing authorities to account on such water issues, predominantly at a national and ministerial level.

WHY IS OUTA CHALLENGE IT?

Water is life, sanitation is dignity and both impact on health security. It is therefore in everyone’s interest, to know what is being done to maintain infrastructure and avoid leaks; and to ensure that our drinking water is healthy and up to standard.

55 million South Africans depend on having access to clean water. OUTA is assessing legal avenues that will ensure the current Minister regularly informs SA citizens on the quality of their drinking water.

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The Department of Water and Sanitation is the custodian of our water and its regulator.  They are the accounting authority for water information transparency, and for compliance and enforcement of the law in this regard. By not monitoring water quality and without publishing regular water quality and management reports, they are guilty of an abuse of authority. The Department is funded by tax – i.e. public money.  As part of OUTA’s commitment to hold governing authorities accountable on important public interest matters, it has set its sights on water issues.

WHAT IS OUTA DOING ABOUT THIS/OUTA’S SOLUTION?

    • OUTA is applying pressure on the Ministry to show the public how it has been monitoring water quality by publishing the reports
    • OUTA is also considering the legal avenues at its disposal.

Timeline

2017
08/06/2017

Water Crisis in South Africa: El Nino or El Mokonyane?

South Africa is a water-scarce country with an average annual rainfall of less than 500mm, so, with a growing population of 55 million people, the country faces severe water resource constraints. That difficulty was underlined by the recent calamitous drought. But when it comes to water issues, the worst suffering [...]..Read More

22/03/2017

Sewage pollution floods World Water Day

An investigation has revealed that 71% of waste water treatment facilities are non-compliant and discharge more than 4 Billion litres of toxic wastewater into our water resources every day – threatening the quality of drinking water, food security and public health. OUTA has requested the DWS to provide the complete [...]..Read More

20/03/2017

Human Rights Commission must investigate drinking water crisis

The complaint followed after OUTA became aware of the department’s continual failure to monitor and enforce compliance of water services institutions in terms of its Constitutional mandate, as per section 195. According to OUTA, water management is deteriorating annually and the root cause of the problem is a lack of [...]..Read More

11/01/2017

We need transparency in water regulation

OUTA’s strategy to hold governing authorities to account on pertinent public interest matters will now introduce an additional portfolio to set its sights on water issues and will begin by ensuring that all relevant information regarding water and sanitation management is transparently available to society.  “By doing so, we intend [...]..Read More

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