This is a term used, but not defined by the National Water Act. Resource Quality Objectives are used to put a Classification and Reserve into practice by specifying conditions that will ensure that the Class is not compromised and the Reserve can be met. Resource quality may relate to critical flows, groundwater levels and quality that must be maintained. The objectives are to articulate goals that result from the catchment visioning process, but must be based on DWAF policy statements and methodologies and aligned with the National Water Resource Strategy.
Why are RQOs important?
RQOs are an integral part of the management and protection of water resources in South Africa.