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Water Resources: Government Information: Library Guide: Organisation & Overviews

This guide directs you to government sources on water resources from international to local level.


National Government Department:

Department of Water and Sanitation

Department of Water and Sanitation. National Integrated Water Information System 

National Government agencies:

Water Research Commission

Established in terms of the Water Research Act No. 34 of 1971, its "purpose is to co-ordinate, promote, encourage and undertake research in relation to water matters."

Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA)

"established to implement an international agreement between the South African Government and the Government of Lesotho over the Lesotho Highlands Water Project."

Water Services Providers (WSPs) may be public, private, mixed entities or the municipality itself.

Water User Associations (WUAs) are co-operative associations of individual water users, both private and public.

Catchment Management Agencies (CMAs):

Responsible for water resource planning and management at the catchment level.

Map: Proposed new water management areas & catchment management agencies

Berg Catchment Management Agency

Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency. Amalgamation of the Breede-Overberg and Gouritz Catchment Management Agencies.

‚ÄčInkomati Catchment Management Agency

Marico Catchment Management Agency

Mvoti to Mzimkulu Catchment Management Agency

Olifants-Doorn Catchment Management Agency

Thukela Catchment Management Agency

Usuthu to Mhlatuze Catchment Management Agency

Regional water boards:

Amatola Water

Bloem Water

Botshelo Water

Bushbuckridge Water

Lepelle Northern Water

Magalies Water

Mhlathuze Water

Overberg Water

Pelladrift Water

Rand Water

Sedibeng Water

Umgeni Water


See overviews in: Dept. of Water Affairs. Water Service Institutions & Strategic overview of the water sector in South Africa, 2013

South Africa. Department of Water Affairs. Annual national state of water report for the hydrological year 2012/2013

South Africa. Department of Water Affairs. Annual national state of water report resources report, October 2011 to September 2012

South Africa. Dept. of Water Affairs.
   Strategic overview of the water sector in South Africa, 2010 / Department: Water Affairs, Republic of South Africa. --    Pretoria : Department of Water Affairs, 2010.
   viii, 62 p. : ill., maps ; 30 cm.
   A CSIR perspective on water in South Africa, 2010 / [compiled by Suzan Oelofse and Wilma Strydom]. --    Pretoria: CSIR, 2010.
   74 p.: col. ill., col. maps ; 30 cm. ( Report ; no. CSIR/NRE/PW/IR/2011/0012/A )

Water Research Commission

The Water Research Commission (WRC)was established in terms of the Water Research Act 34 of 1971 (WRA). It is a National Public Entity. "Its purpose is to co-ordinate, promote, encourage and undertake research in relation to water matters, within the parameters as set out in section 3 of the WRA."

Use the WRC Knowledge Hub to access publications. The research reports are listed but not in full text.

We have an extensive print collection of the Commission’s research reports from 1997 to date, e.g.,

G 68 JWRC 1842/1-3/11
   Towards water resources regulation in South Africa. --    [Gezina, South Africa] : Water Research Commission, 2011.
G 68 JWRC 1841/1/11

   The water sector institutional landscape by 2025 : technical report : report to the Water Research Commission / by Marius Claassen, Nikki Funke and Shanna Nienaber, editors ; with contributors Elizabeth Masekoameng ... [et al.]. --    [Gezina, South Africa : Water Research Commission] , 2011.

G 68 JWRC 1917/1/10

   Groundwater management framework : report to the Water Research Commission / prepared by Kornelius Riemann ... [et al.]. --    [Gezina : Water Research Commission], 2011.

Water Research Commission journals:

Water wheel: 

Print: G 68 K.WATE.WHEE

Water SA:

Print from 1987-2005: DS 628.105WAT, G 68 K.WATE

Online since 2006.

South African water bulletin from 1994-2002 (discontinued): G 68 K.WATE.SA