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Joe Gqabi District Municipality – Spring Water Protection Programme

Joe Gqabi District Municipality – Spring Water Protection Programme

The Mvula Trust was appointed by the Joe Gqabi District Municipality (JGDM) as the Implementing Agent (IA) of the Springs Water Protection Programme. This programme covers the rural areas of Elundini and Senqu Local Municipalities. The Springs Water Protection Programme was funded by Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant (MWIG). The estimated duration of the programme was approximately 12 months (August 2013 to July 2014). Generally, the programme addresses the water services backlog, improvement of service levels, and, in general, contributing to sustainable development. Activities include supporting strategic policy development, as well as water services provision to rural communities in Elundini and Senqu Local Municipalities. The overall objective of the programme is to improve the quality of life (including health & hygiene) and contribute to poverty eradication in poor rural communities in South Africa by providing basic water services. Other objectives of the programme are to ensure the employment of local workers, eradicate poverty, capacitate and empower emerging contractors, provide opportunity to local suppliers (material supply of bricks, sand, cement, quarries etc.) and most importantly, transfer of long-term skills to local workers. The Mvula Trust’s approach was to involve Ward Councilors in identifying potential springs in their areas and thereafter, The Mvula Trust’s technical personnel would make arrangements to inspect the springs to establish the supply and quality of water of each spring. The supply refers to perennial or intermittent and spring yield. Perennial springs drain extensive aquifers, whereas intermittent springs discharge only during portions of the year when sufficient groundwater is recharged to maintain flow. Generally, water from a spring as a source is pure and can be piped to...