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RECONCILIATION STRATEGY FOR THE MBOMBELA MUNICIPAL AREA

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Area of Supply

The physical area of this study is the Mbombela Municipal Area. However, this area straddles the Crocodile and Sabie River catchments (See Figure 1) which necessitates a broader approach than only considering the water use and water resources within the municipal boundaries. The water resources of the Sabie and Crocodile catchments have been included in the study area for the purposes of sourcing possible future water resources for Mbombela.

 

Mbombela Municipal Area
Figure 1: Study area showing the Mbombela Municipal Area and the Sabie and Crocodile River catchments.

 

 

Planning for the future

The water use within the Mbombela Local Municipality (MLM) has increased rapidly over the last few years and the available water resources will soon be insufficient to supply the users within the municipal area at an acceptable level of assurance.  This Reconciliation Strategy is therefore about planning for the future. Increased irrigation and forestry does not specifically form part of this future planning, but should a large regional scheme be identified which makes more water available than required for domestic and industrial use, then conjunctive use with irrigation expansion could be considered as a future option.

 

Sources of Water

Currently Mbombela Municipality obtain most of their water directly from the Crocodile River, supplemented by releases from the Kwena Dam. Smaller dams such as Witklip, Klipkopjes and Longmere provide water to the White River town. Water is also abstracted directly from the Sabie River with support from the Inyaka Dam.
The water resources of the Crocodile and Sabie catchments, identified as sources of water for Mbombela are fully utilised in the case of the Crocodile catchment and fully allocated in the case of the Sabie catchment. There is however potential for water resources development within the Crocodile catchment.

 

Implementation: Study Steering Committee

The study will be guided by a Study Steering Committee (SSC) consisting of key role-players and stakeholders within the study area. This includes representatives from various Directorates within DWS as well as representatives from Mbombela Municipality, the Incomati Catchment Management Agency, the irrigation sector and the Kruger National Park. The first stakeholder meeting was held on 31 May 2012 and the minutes from this meeting and presentations made at this meeting are available on this website.

It is envisaged that towards the end of this study, the SSC will be replaced by  a Strategy Steering Committee whose role  will be  to maintain and monitor the implementation of the strategy on a continual basis.

 

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