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National Water Act, 1998

6 December 1999

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Amendments to this Act

Proposed amendments to this Act


  • See under “policies” tab in CER’s virtual library for the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (28 November 2019)


Regulations made under the Water Act, 1956 that are still applicable (despite the repeal of that Act) 

Controlled activities

General authorisations

Water management areas and catchment management agencies

Catchment Management Agencies

Classes of water resources, water resource quality objectives and the determination of the reserve for water resources

Classes of water resources and water resource quality objectives

Reserve determinations 

Instructions to irrigation boards and water user associations

Draft regulations and Notices