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South Africa’s experience of integrating water access as a Human Right

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Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) set out a short term aim “to provide every person with adequate facilities for health” and “clean safe water supply of 20-30 l/c/day within 200 metres and “an adequate/safe sanitation facility per site”.  In support of the RDP was the 1994 White Paper on Community Water and Sanitation; South African Constitution, (Act 108 of 1996) and the Water Services Act No108 of 1997(WSA). The WSA ensures that everyone has a right of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation”defined “water services” as well as “basic sanitation” and “basic water supply” and further quantified in regulations.

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