Water Services Authority

SCOPE OF WATER SERVICES AUTHORITY FUNCTION

CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH AFRICA ACT NO.108 OF 1996

Section 156 (1) (d) read with Schedule 4 Part B empowers the District Municipality as a local government to administer water and sanitation services limited to potable water supply systems and domestic waste water and sewage disposal systems. Thus, Uthukela DM as a WSA has the constitutional obligation to ensure that people have sustainable access to water and sanitation services.

WATER SERVICES ACT NO 108 OF 1997

Section 1 defines WSA as any municipality including a district municipality responsible for ensuring access to water and sanitation services to consumers or potential consumers within its area of jurisdiction.

Section 3(1) states that everyone has a right of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation.

Section 11(1) states that every WSA has a duty to all consumers or potential consumers in its area of jurisdiction to progressively ensure efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable access to water services.

Section 20(1) states that a WSA performing a WSP function must manage and account separately for those functions. This means that the WSA must monitor the performance of the WSP .This is done through the Memorandum of Understanding.

Objectives

  • To manage and account separately for WSA and WSP functions.
  • To improve efficiency and effectiveness of WSA department.
  • To prevent and avoid confusion regarding roles and responsibilities relating to WSA function.
  • To ensure that legislative requirements relating to Water and Sanitation services are complied with by the District Municipality as a Water Services Authority

According to the Water Services Act, WSA must:

  • Ensure access to efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable water services for all consumers {Section 11(1)}.
  • Make By-laws.
  • Prepare a Water Services and Sanitation Development Plan.
  • Either perform the function of Water Services Provider (WSP) or contract WSP function.

3.1 SPECIFIC ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF WSA SECTION

The WSA Section shall perform the governance and compliance functions which include the following:

3.1.1. PLANNING

  • Preparation of a Water and Sanitation Development Plan as part of Integrated Development Plan for the Municipality.
  • Identification of projects and recommend prioritisation thereof.
  • Ensure Council commitments to finance prioritised projects (in consultation with Technical Department).
  • Annual reporting to Department of Water and Sanitation on the implementation of WSDP.
  • Annual reviewal and updating of WSDP.

3.1.2. REGULATING

  • Ensuring Municipality’s compliance with appropriate water and sanitation related legislative requirements.
  • Drafting and updating of municipal water services by-laws.
  • Ensuring enforcement of water services by-laws and other relevant legislation.
  • Development of policies such as tariff, indigent, free basic water, free basic sanitation and credit control (in consultation with Finance Department).
  • Setting of water & sanitation tariffs in line with relevant regulations (in consultation with Finance Department).
  • Formalization of agreements with Water Services Provider (WSP).
  • Monitoring performance and compliance of water services provision department.
  • Enter into a memorandum of understanding with Water Services Provider (WSP) containing the specific roles and responsibilities of Water Services Authority Section and Water Services Provision
  • Department including performance targets to be achieved by the Water Services Provider.

3.1.3. ENSURING ACCESS TO BASIC WATER & SANITATION SERVICES

  • Ensuring that Council allocates equitable share to basic water and sanitation services.
  • Ensuring that basic water and sanitation services are affordable.
  • Accessing intergovernmental grants for new infrastructure and extensions as well as development of project business plans, choosing of delivery mechanism and monitoring of project implementation (in consultation with the Technical Department).
  • Monitoring access to water and sanitation services (monitoring the reduction of water & sanitation backlogs).
  • Ensuring that potable water supplied to the consumers complies with SANS 241-2015 DRINKING WATER QUALITY STANDARDS.
  • Ensuring that waste water discharged to a water course complies with DWS GENERAL LIMIT STANDARDS FOR WASTE WATER.

3.1.4. CROSS-CUTTING FUNCTIONS OF WSA SECTION RELATE TO:

  • Attendance of National and Provincial Water and Sanitation Meetings
  • Attendance of intergovernmental relations technical Committee Meetings.
  • Participation in the activities of District Water User Associations.
  • Participation in the activities of Catchment Management Fora.
  • Ensuring implementation of Water Conservation and Demand Management Strategy, (conducting water balance in consultation with WSP department).
  • Ensuring that Health & Hygiene Promotion is conducted during the implementation of water and sanitation projects, (in consultation with Technical Department).
  • Ensuring that the municipality complies with Blue Drop, Green Drop and No Drop requirements.
  • Supporting WSP to perform its function effectively.
  • Networking with other WSAs and share best practices.