Water is a critical resource in agricultural production - the quality and quantity of which is incredibly important. The policies and regulations that govern and regulate water provision can be found below.
National government resources:
|National Water Act||This Act provides for fundamental reform of the law relating to water resources|
|Water Services Act||This Act provides for the rights of access to basic water supply and sanitations; the setting of national standards and of norms and standards for tariffs, water services development plans; regulatory framework for water services institutions and water services intermediaries, etc.|
|Municipal Systems Act||
This Act places the responsibility of providing water and wastewater services on local governments, who are designated as Water Services Authorities; and sets the rules for providing the services.
|National Water Resource Strategy (2013)||The NWRS 2013 builds on the first NWRS published in 2004 with main objectives of water supporting development, contributing to the economy and job creation and protecting water as a critical resource|
|National Groundwater Strategy (2016)||This National Strategy establishes a framework within which stakeholders at all levels can become an essential part of good groundwater governance in SA and initiate a long-term process of rolling out sustainable groundwater utilisation within Integrated Water Resource Management|
|National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (2019)||Sets out the critical priorities to be addressed by the water sector in the period 2018-2030. These priorities are clustered into two sections, namely, Water and Sanitation Management and Enabling Environment.|
Provincial government resources:
|Western Cape Sustainable Water Management Plan (2017 - 2022)||The updated Sustainable Water Management Plan sets out a framework of strategic actions to achieve water resilience among all WC Government departments and municipalities|
For a comprehensive overview of water legislation in South Africa, please refer to Chapter 3 of the GreenCape Water Market Intelligence Report.
For water compliance information related to water use registrations, refer to the Water compliance page.