South Africa experiences high variability in rainfall, both geographically and periodically. An arid country, large parts experience severe droughts and it is typically described as a water scarce country. Water is essential in maintaining effective ecosystem functioning, providing domestic water and sanitation and sustaining the economy. Monitoring water use through regular inspections supports the sustainable use and highlights opportunities to improve water supply and access.
Water inspectors engage with landowners and communities as well as land use planners and engineers. They frequently undertake site inspections at wastewater treatment facilities, reservoirs, dams and even beverage manufacturing plants, returning to an office to evaluate and report on usage.
Water inspectors need a comprehensive understanding of water systems in urban and rural areas and knowledge of water use guidelines, laws, and regulations, coupled with:
Inspect water infrastructure, plumbing, piping, fixtures and water metres
Conduct water flow and pressure tests
Investigate complaints, emergency calls and causes of unusual consumption
Examine and monitor permits and water licenses
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
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Water Science and Technology at TUT
Water inspectors can benefit from a Further Education and Training Certificate or National Certificate in Water Treatment Practice at National Qualifications Framework Level 1 to 3 offered at Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges.
National, provincial and local government.
Water utility companies.