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The intricate challenges of delocalised wastewater treatment facilities with regards to water resource management capacity framework in South Africa

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The project investigated the state of wastewater treatment administrative management in some of the more remote locations of South Africa, in term of the ability to realise wastewater as a potential and a viable water resource in a semi-arid land. The primary objectives centred on the element responsible for the delivery challenges within the wastewater treatment spaces, towards integrated water resource management efforts. Findings suggested that some of the more pertinent challenges emanated from shortfalls in the implementation of legislative policies, and the lack of sufficient drivers within the water resource environment. Results from most of the locations of interest showed various limitations, including the lack of adequate water treatment infrastructure, insufficient operation and maintenance schedules, limited technical skills and training, and poor management capacities. The analytical approach applied in this study was that of a wastewater management capacity framework. A workable capacity framework is proposed and discussed. The capacity framework takes into account the intricate and unique environment within a South African context, both socioeconomically and in the natural setting.

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Funding for the project was acquired from the Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA), LGSETA Project No. LGSETA/MUN/17/18/05 awarded to Enterprise at University of Pretoria, Project Leader: Professor Chirwa.

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Khuzwayo, Z., Chirwa, E.M.N. The intricate challenges of delocalised wastewater treatment facilities with regards to water resource management capacity framework in South Africa. Sustain. Water Resour. Manag. 6, 6 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40899-020-00367-x

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  • Wastewater
  • Resource
  • Capacity
  • Management
  • Framework