National Water Act


This Law provides the legal framework for the effective and sustainable management of South Africa’s water resources. This document’s aim is to fundamentally reform the past laws relating to water resources which were discriminatory and not appropriate to South African conditions. Central to the implementation of this Act, is the recognition that water is a scarce and precious resource that belongs to all South Africans. It also recognizes that the ultimate goal of water resource management is to achieve the sustainable use of water for the benefit of all. In a nutshell, this Law seeks to not only protect, use, develop, conserve, manage and control water resources as a whole, but also promote the integrated management of water resources with the participation of all stakeholders.

Country: South Africa
Statute Number: 36
Year: 1998