SAAWU identified the following key Focus Areas aimed at mitigating the identified challenges;
To assist in addressing challenges facing members and the sector at large.
To strengthen the internal capacity of SAAWU in terms of governance.
To make SAAWU financially sustainable and operationally viable.
To improve relations with members, DWA, Government and its agents.
To establish and maintain an information centre for the water sector, to educate and empower members, government and the public on water issues through seminars, courses and publications.
To influence policy and direction of the water sector through engagement with relevant stake holders.
â€œTo enhance public service delivery and provide value-added services to water sectorâ€
â€œTo promote the interests of public sector water utilities and to ensure effective integration and cooperation within the water sectorâ€
SAAWU is set up to represent, promote, integrate and coordinate the interests of all public sector institutions which are involved in the;
Provision of water services (WSP/WSA),
Provision of national water infrastructure (NWRIA),
Management of water resources (CMA).
The ongoing changes in the business environment of the water services sector and the challenges created by the massive backlogs for service delivery, created the need for the establishment of a formal institutional structure that will enable utilities to proactively influence the changes in a positive manner and further adapt to the changing landscape in the water sector.
The primary business of SAAWU is to promote the interests of water utilities and CMAâ€™s in South Africa and to ensure effective integration and co-operation within the water sector.
SAAWU aims to build a united association of water utilities, which coordinates, mobilizes and uses its collective capacity
To proactively promote and represent the individual and collective (mandated) interests of SAAWU members in all matters that impact on the water sector.
To support the ability of municipal authorities to provide sustainable, efficient and affordable water and sanitation services to all the people of South Africa.
To provide a centre of information and communication on water service and water resource management matters.
To perform all businesses in a financially viable manner.