Our legal mandate

The Association’s Constitution and the Member’s Agreement of the Association was signed in 2001 and its formal establishment as a water management institution in line with section 92 of the National Water Act No. 36 of 1998 was gazetted in 2002.

The Association was set up as an entity of public-private collaboration with a mandate to provide raw water to its members, the DWAF and its successors in title, and mining companies in the Eastern Limb. Hence, the Association does not currently provide potable water to communities. The obligation of providing potable water lies within the Constitutional mandate of the Municipalities who may, in terms of the Water Services Act, delegate the power of potable water delivery to communities through water service providers such as Lepelle Northern Water (LNW).