South Africa is a water scarce country with highly variable rainfall and drought patterns, making water a high premium reserve. Using water efficiently is critical for both effective ecosystem functioning as well as sustainably providing water for basic human needs. Water allocation involves assessing present and future water demand and enabling adequate and equitable access to water, for commercial and domestic use.
Water allocation officers work in an office environment but often travel to sites to monitor and perform inspections. As part of their evaluations, they can engage with community members, local departments and engineering and water professionals.
Water allocation officers require a thorough understanding of the water cycle, urban and rural water systems and knowledge of water use guidelines, laws, policies and regulations. They will further benefit from:
Develop and implement water use regulatory frameworks for institutions and organisations
Assess water use license applications and permits
Coordinate varied stakeholder inputs into water use licensing
Provide support and advise water use authorisation processes
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Hydrology at NWU, UKZN, Univen and Unizulu
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Environmental Science specialising in Water Science at NWU, RU, UJ, UMP, UP and Wits
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Environmental and Water Science at UWC
B.Sc. in Hydrology and Water Resources Management at CUT
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Water Science and Technology at TUT
National, provincial and local government.
Water utility companies.