In UGU District, as in South Africa in general, to communicate information between the producer of piped drinking water and the consumers is a major problem, especially in the rural areas. Major reasons for this are the lack of junior engineering staff who can work with information and education, and the fact that information on internet is available to very few.
In South Africa there are laws and bylaws on effluent standards regarding industrial waste water discharged. The Water Authority in UGU District feel strongly that many Industries do not comply with the effluent standards. The reason is often lack of knowledge by the Industries concerned. Another factor can be lack of resources from the Environment Health Office to make adequate inspections and to enforce penalty charges for those that do not comply with effluent standards.
The project aim is to, together with the Water Authority set up a strategic working plan on how to meet the set national standards.