South Africa is a water scarce country with variable rainfall seasonally and geographically and 50% of the country’s water is produced in 8% of the land. 62% of water resources are used by agriculture, 3% by forestry and 27% by municipalities. South Africa’s water supply needs to be carefully managed to ensure effective ecosystem functioning, economic sustainability, growth and development and human health and wellbeing. Water use monitoring provides evidence to guide effective water resource use and management.
Water use specialists can engage with communities, land use planners, engineers and water professionals in monitoring water use practices. They spend time between the field, a laboratory and office analysing data and drafting feedback reports.
Water use specialists need a solid knowledge of hydrological processes and water use practices and a strong understanding of water compliance and regulatory legislation. They will also benefit from:
Carry out water resource monitoring and evaluation
Operate and maintain supporting data, information and report management systems
Compile and present investigation feedback reports
Advise stakeholders on authorisation, compliance and enforcement 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
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Water Science and Technology at TUT
National, provincial and local government.
Catchment management and other local water management agencies.
Water utility companies.