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Have your say on City’s proposed Water and Sanitation Policy<p>​</p><p>The proposed draft Water and Sanitation Policy outlines the principles and actions adopted by the City of Cape Town in an effort to continuously provide a reliable and sustainable water and sanitation service into the future.  </p><p><strong>The proposed policy aims to:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Affirm the Water and Sanitation Department’s broader mandate by outlining a wide range of functions. </strong></div></li></ul><p>These functions include the whole value chain of both water and sanitation service provision, from planning to supply, operation and maintenance; product quality and environmental  protection as well as supportive roles by other departments which are key to providing these services to communities. </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Align with relevant national and provincial legislation, as well as other City strategies and policies.</strong></div></li></ul><p>This is necessary to ensure that relevant City strategies and policies comply with legislation and to ensure that the various stakeholders can continue to work together collaboratively to provide reliable and sustainable water and sanitation services for the future. </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Incorporate the shifts in the environmental, technological, social and economic context across the country and this sector in recent years.</strong></div></li></ul><p>The impact of climate change cannot be ignored, so it is important that our approaches to service provision is also reviewed. The recent drought brought with it a number of lessons for the water services sector, most of which are incorporated in our Water Strategy 2019. </p><p>New technology continues to evolve globally at a fast pace and as a City, we continue to incorporate relevant ideas and systems wherever required. We continue to explore advanced technologies and automation systems for some of our activities as a means to improve service efficiency. For example, the proposed introduction of smart metering in the coming years could reduce the number of billing estimates, further improve accuracy, and establish other customer benefits.</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Inform the City’s standard operating procedures and by-laws and promote a transversal approach that engages with all relevant stakeholders for a sustainable and safe provision of water and sanitation services to the communities in Cape Town.</strong> </div></li></ul><p>This is to ensure that our water and sanitation related procedures and by-laws are not only guided by national and provincial strategies but by a specific and relevant policy that captures a local context as well. Some of the activities in the delivery of a water and sanitation service are cross-cutting, and involve cooperation and partnership with other departments/stakeholders in and outside the City. </p><p>The co-ordinated approach to sewage spills or overflows is an example of the importance of multiple departments working together towards a common goal or goals. In this case, protecting the environment and public health as well as managing infrastructure. Another example is the co-ordinated approach between departments needed to provide basic services in informal settlements. </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Serve the Water Strategy (2019) to achieve the City’s goal of becoming a water sensitive city by 2040.</strong></div></li></ul><p>A water sensitive city of the future is a place where people want to live and work, where a healthy natural environment enables a range of social, ecological, health and economic benefits. It is a city that consists of water sensitive communities where citizens have the knowledge and desire to make wise choices about water, are actively engaged in decision-making, and practice informed, responsible habits that protect water related infrastructure.</p><p>‘The development of this draft Water and Sanitation Policy is in line with City’s legislative or executive authority which includes, amongst others, developing and adopting policies, plans, strategies and programmes. This includes setting targets for delivery; implementing applicable national and provincial legislation and its own by-laws, as well as  promoting a safe and healthy environment.</p><p>‘As a City, we are committed to ensuring our communities and businesses in Cape Town have access to reliable and sustainable water and sanitation services, which in turn enables the potential to attract investment to our city for economic growth and creation of employment opportunities.</p><p>‘We encourage the public to read the draft policy and submit their comments by 31 July,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.</p><p><strong>Public participation: comment by 31 July 2021</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">View the draft Water and Sanitation Policy at <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay</a> or go to the nearest Subcouncil office or library for a copy</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Submit comments, input or recommendations for the draft Policy online at <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay</a></div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Assistance is available for people with a disability or who cannot read or write to their submit comments. Contact the City’s Public Participation Unit: Frederick Venter on 021 400 1768 or <a href="mailto:frederick.venter@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">frederick.venter@capetown.gov.za</a>.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Enquiries relating to the draft Water and Sanitation Policy (not comments) can be directed to <a href="mailto:water@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">water@capetown.gov.za</a>   </div></li></ul><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-06-30T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#70fb6ddb-a7e5-482a-9a37-5ae870bb06a2;L0|#070fb6ddb-a7e5-482a-9a37-5ae870bb06a2|Water and Sanitation Department;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#424fbb2f-e27c-44db-b853-dbbdb893d37a;L0|#0424fbb2f-e27c-44db-b853-dbbdb893d37a|Water10

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