Water quality control

DWA and WISA improving water quality management

Our most precious resource will be in the spotlight at the Municipal Water Quality Conference
 Water  quality control

One of the most important conferences on the municipal calendar, the Municipal Water Quality Conference, taking place in July in Gauteng, will address water sustainability issues for future generations.

The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) in partnership with the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) have come a long way in the quest to improve water quality management, particularly in the local government sector, as well as acknowledge those organisations and individuals who have excelled in the execution of their function. The Municipal Water Quality Conference continues its proud tradition to reaffirm government’s earnestness to ensure that all Water Services Institutions are responsive, accountable, effective, efficient, consultative and achieve the desired Water Services outcomes.

The fourth Municipal Water Quality Conference from 7 to 11 July at Sun City will provide a platform for knowledge sharing, lesson distribution and partnership opportunities between the public and private sectors to upscale efforts to improve wastewater services and drinking water management in South Africa. 

Themed ‘Together committed to excellent Water Quality for the future’, the conference will focus on four disciplines: wastewater management, drinking water quality management, sustainable economic municipal environment, and opportunities for partnerships across the sectors in pursuit of good stewardship and cross-pollination beneficiation.

The organisers will endeavour to answer the question: “What does it take to achieve improved water quality management performance, distinctive impact and lasting endurance in a municipal environment?” 

This entails reshaping the South African Municipal Water Quality Landscape.

Who should attend?

  • Wastewater Services Managers and Practitioners;
  • Drinking Water Quality Managers and Practitioners;
  • Scientific and Laboratory Managers and Technicians;
  • Municipal Management;
  • Councillors and Strategic Decision-takers;
  • Researchers;
  • Civil Society Organisations;
  • Water and wastewater consultants;
  • Tertiary Institutions (lecturers and students);
  • Chief Financial Officers, Asset Managers and Economists;
  • Environmental Health Practitioners; and
  • Industry players with specific mandates in the water agenda.


  • Previous conferences provided opportunities to discuss innovative approaches and technologies for water and wastewater services management.
  • The fourth Municipal Water Quality Conference provides the opportunity to reflect and evaluate the successes or shortcomings of the previously implemented initiatives. 
  • The conference intends to give a forthright review of whether ‘solutions’ have found their mark in the management and operation of wastewater services. The focus of this important conference will be to ensure continuous improvement in drinking water quality management and supply of safe water, while interactive workshops will ensure that participants have a similar understanding of the requirements of the updated drinking water quality (SANS) standard. 
  • The National Water Services Regulation Strategy (NWSRS 2012) sets clear objectives in terms of economic regulation in ensuring that services provided to customers by water services providers are appropriate, effective, efficient and sustainable, noting that in South Africa water services are provided in a monopolistic environment.

 For more information, contact Zanele Mupariwa (DWA) on 012 336 6938 or email her on mupariwam@dwa.gov.za. Alternatively call Jaco Seaman (WISA) on 011 805 3537 or  083 765 9073, or send an email to events@wisa.org.za.


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