Water Monitoring & Assessment

It is essential to adequately monitor and assesses water resources to ensure that developmental and environmental needs are met. Due to a lack of capacity some have struggled to monitor, assess and report water related issues timeously. Another challenge faced by the water sector is the lack of capacity to deliver qualifications that meet the needs of the sector. Absence of a Water Occupations Framework as a tool to guide the planning and classification of occupations within the sector poses a further
major challenge.

The overall aim of this Network is to build the capacity of the water sector professionals on practical applications of water resource monitoring and assessment (compliance and enforcement purposes) for improved decision-making and better management of water resources. With a focus on developing occupational qualifications for compliance monitoring and enforcement to meet the demands for critical skills for the water sector with opportunities for career paths/pathing.

The priority Occupational Qualification that this network focused on is:

  • Water Regulation Practitioner.

Occupational Purpose:
Water Regulation Practitioners: Protect water resources and related infrastructure through the development and effective implementation of appropriate regulatory requirements. (Authorise, enforce, compliance monitoring, regulation and protection).

A qualified learner will be able to:

  • Generate valid and updated water quality reports for a designated area;
  • Conduct inspections and audits to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements;
  • Evaluate applications for the issuing of water use authorisations/permits; and
  • Build and maintain productive relationships within the water quality management and utilisation community.

 

Thematic Area: Water  Regulation

Network Coordinator: Brian Delcarme (Cape Peninsula University of Technology)

Email: Delcarmeb@hotmail.com

DWS Champion: Ms. C. Rajah

                                Mr. G. Cilliers

CEP members:

NameDesignation / PositionOrganisation
Brian DelcarmeNetwork CoordinatorCPUT
Anita PillayTraining CoordinatorWISA
Shannon DavidsETQA ManagerEWSETA
C. RajahDepartment of Water and Sanitation: Champion for FETWater Phase III networkDepartment of Water and Sanitation
Nigel Adams Chief Director: EnforcementDepartment of Water and Sanitation
Dipuo Moselokgoma

Director

Hygiene Specialist

Ksonmos Pty Ltd
Portia MahlaseAssistant DirectorDepartment of Water and Sanitation
Melissa Lintnaar-StraussControl Environmental OfficerBerg-Olifants Proto CMA
Carlo AbrahamsWater Use OfficerBreede-Gouritz CMA

Kwazikwakhe Majola

 

Production Scientist: Water Information ProgrammesDepartment of Water and Sanitation
Sandra WilliamsAdvocate/LecturerCape Peninsula University of Technology
Lehlohonolo Lesley Khiba

Chief Director

Municipal Intergovernmental Support and Capacitation

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA)
Shantal HarigobinProgramme ManagerSALGA
Thandi PhamaTransformation Officer: Skills and CapacityDepartment of Water and Sanitation
Philomon MphahleleInvestigation OfficerDepartment of Water and Sanitation
Sunil Ramkissoon EThekwini Municipality
Sylvia MachimanaManagerInkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency
Louella DariesResearcherCape Peninsula University of Technology
Fabion SmithWater Use OfficerBreede-Gouritz CMA

 

Occupational Title: Water Regulation Practitioner

Occupational Purpose: Water Regulation Practitioners: Protect water resources and related infrastructure through the development and effective implementation of appropriate regulatory requirements. (Authorise, enforce, compliance monitoring, regulation and protection)

Occupational Tasks:

  • Generating valid and updated water quality reports for a designated area.
  • Conducting inspections and audits to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Evaluating applications for the issuing of water use authorisations/permits.
  • Building and maintaining productive relationships within the water quality management and utilisation community.

Curriculum Structure: This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill Modules:

Knowledge Modules:

  • Water Resource Science
  • Integrated catchment Risk Management
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Water Regulatory Framework

Practical Skill Modules:

  • Ensure the availability of valid sample results for a designated area
  • Generate and manage water quality reports
  • Conduct on-site inspections
  • Conduct incident inspections
  • Implement enforcement actions
  • Advise clients on the need for water authorisations and permits
  • Provide comments for land use or infrastructure purposes
  • Participate in relevant stakeholder forums
  • Provide information and stakeholder education regarding water management

Work Experience Modules:

  • Exposure to the site specific water quality monitoring processes
  • Exposure to compliance auditing processes
  • Exposure to the incident management processes
  • Exposure to the authorisation processes
  • Exposure to the stakeholder engagement processes

Entry Requirements: NQF level 6 Diploma in Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Health, Water Care, Natural Science’s or an equivalent degree; Registration with WISA as a Candidate Water quality Practitioner

Qualifications

Occupational Purpose:

  • Water Quality Practitioners: Protects water resources and related infrastructure through the development and effective implementation of appropriate regulatory requirements.
  • They enforce compliance with regulations, monitor water availability and regulate and protect water sources within a designated geographical area.

Occupational Task Details:

  • Generate valid and updated water quality reports for a designated area.
  • Conduct inspections and audits to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Evaluate applications for the issuing of water use authorisations/permits.
  • Building and maintaining productive relationships within the water quality management and utilisation community.

Community of Expert Practitioners (CEP)

The CEP is led by the Network coordinator Brain Delcarme. The organisations that the CEP members belong to are listed below:

  • CPUT
  • WISA
  • EWSETA
  • Department of Water and Sanitation
  • Ksonmos Pty Ltd
  • Berg-OlifantsProto CMA
  • Breede-GouritzCMA
  • Municipal Intergovernmental Support and Capacitation
  • Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA)
  • South African Council for Natural Sciences (SACNASP)
  • SALGA
  • EThekwini Municipality
  • Inkomati-UsuthuCatchment Management Agency
  • North West University

Resources

Progress Report

Progress Report 2

Water Monitoring and Assessment

Water Monitoring and Assessment 2

Water Monitoring and Assessment 3

Contact us

Network Coordinator: Brian Delcarme
(Cape Peninsula University of Technology)

Email: Delcarmeb@hotmail.com

For more information, contact us