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The Directorate Water Resource Planning Systems:  is primarily responsible for evaluating strategic water resources management challenges, developing resource oriented policies, strategies programmes and assessment tools and providing resource management decision support to other components. The Directorate consists of the following five Sub-Directorates:

Sub-directorate: Integrated Hydrological Planning (IHP) 

The sub-directorate is responsible to develop policies, strategies and guidelines for the assessment, planning and management of catchment hydrology (incl groundwater, climate change and modification), to support planning decision support needs and WRM objectives.
  • Hydrological management programmes, strategies and foresight, including weather modification and climate change.
  • Groundwater planning and management taking into account implications for conjunctive use.
  • Catchment hydrological decision support systems for planning and management of catchment hydrology.
  • Surface and groundwater planning capacity building and technical assistance to national and WMA planning processes.

 

Sub-directorate: Water Quality Planning (WQP) 

The sub-directorate is responsible to develop policies, strategies and guidelines for the assessment, planning and management of catchment resource quality (incl aquatic weeds and river health) to support planning decision support needs and WRM objectives.
  • Water quality management programmes, strategies and foresight incl national salinity and eutrophication management.
  • Strategies and programmes for the management of aquatic weeds, taking into account linkages with water quality.
  • Water quality decision support systems for planning and management of catchment water resource quality.
  • Resource water quality planning capacity building and technical assistance.

 

Sub-directorate: Systems Operation (SO) 

The sub-directorate is responsible to develop policies, strategies, rules and guidelines for the operation of bulk water supply/reservoir systems.
  • Operating rules for bulk systems, taking account of water quality considerations
  • System operating rules for flood management.
  • Minimising transmission losses and meeting allocation requirements.
  • System operation capacity building and technical assistance.

 

Sub-directorate: Systems Analysis (SA) 

The sub-directorate is responsible to coordinate the development and use of planning and decision support tools and methodologies for the analysis of water resources systems to support planning processes, particularly in terms of strategies and options for the reconciliation of water requirements and availability.
  • Tools for integrated systems analysis, including water quality considerations
  • Assistance to national and WMA planning processes in applying the tools and methodologies.

 

Sub-directorate: Economic and Environmental Studies (EES) 

The sub-directorate is responsible to develop understanding and support decision making process around the macro social and economic implications of planning decisions and to ensure adherence to relevant to DWA and other IEM requirements.
  • Assist planners to implement policies and considerations for environmental management as part of the planning process.
  • Macro socio-economic scenario development to support national water resources planning as well as social and economic evaluation of planning decisions.