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Water Sector Policy Database (WSPD)

Policy Name: Ensuring water services to residents on privitely owned land

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Date Of Release: 01 Jun 2005
Date Of Expected Review: 01 Jun 2008
Date Last Updated: 15 Feb 2007
Policy Type: Strategies and Guidelines
Policy Level: National
Department: Department of Water Affairs: Water Services Policy and Strategy
Contact Name: Mbentse Bekubuhle / Ndlovu Siboniso
Phone Number: 012 336 7451 / 336 7391
Fax Number: 012 336 6560
Email: /
Directorate: Water Services Policy & Strategy
Contact Name: Ngobeni Selina
Phone Number: (012) 336 8129
Fax Number: (012) 336 6560
Topics covered:
WS Tools and Guidelines
Policy Precis:

The Guideline document was compiled provide policy and strategic guidance to municipalities that are responsible for ensuring access to water and sanitation services - Water Services Authorities (WSAs). The document is aimed at all municipal stakeholders, councillors and officials and sets out policy issues and strategic aspects for WSAs to consider in order to fulfill their universal obligation to ensure water services to residents on privately owned land.

All residents, wherever they may live, are entitled to receive at least a basic level of water and sanitation services. Water services on privately owned land refers to a range of contexts, including: Commercial farms; Mine owned land; Church owned land; Industrial owned land including privately owned enterprises; Sectional title / residential complexes & estates and, Game parks.

This strategic guideline document does not include detailed operational issues in order to implement water services on privately owned land – further information and assistance required in this regard can be sourced from DWAF (i.e. Farm Dweller and Informal Settlement Implementation Guidelines, etc).

Section Summary

  Section Number Section Heading Section Description
1. Privately Owned Land Within the Context of Government Policy Covers how the provision of water to people living on private land is mandated by government policy, in particular, through the 2003 Strategic Framework for Municipal Water Services.

2. Institutional Arrangements Outlines the various Institutional Arrangements required to ensure water services on privately owned land. Includes the allocation of responsibilities to Water Services Authorities, Water Services Providers and Water Services Intermediaries.
3. Water Services Planning Addresses aspects of privately owned land Service Planning to be included in
Municipal Water Services Development Plans. This includes the conducting of a municipal survey into the extent of the problem which identities the need within a given municipality.
4. Financial Planning and Arrangments Suggests options for Financial Planning and Arrangements for funding water services on privately owned land. This includes the use of MIG funds, aspects of cost recovery and the allocation of funding for double households. Includes the development of systems for fund administration and the allocation of incentives.

5. Networking and Stakeholder Participation This section covers the importance of ensuring stakeholder participation and networking through awareness campaigns, forums, consultation with landowners and residents and provincial collaboration.

6. Monitoring and Regulating Provides insight into the legalities of ensuring the monitoring and regulation of
service provision on privately owned land. It includes a section on enforcement.
7. Ensuring Stability Provides guidance and suggestions toward Operation and Maintenance aspects to ensure the sustainability of water services on privately owned land.

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