|To provide for fundamental reform of the law relating to water resources; to repeal certain laws; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
Recognising that water is a scarce and unevenly distributed national resource which occurs in many different forms which are all part of a unitary, interdependent cycle;
Recognising that while water is a natural resource that belongs to all people, the discriminatory laws and practices of the past have prevented equal access to water, and use of water resources;
Acknowledging the National Government's overall responsibility for and authority over the nation's water resources and their use, including the equitable allocation of water for beneficial use, the redistribution of water, and international water matters;
Recognising that the ultimate aim of water resource management is to achieve the sustainable use of water for the benefit of all users;
Recognising that the protection of the quality of water resources is necessary to ensure sustainability of the nation's water resources in the interests of all water users; and
Recognising the need for the integrated management of all aspects of water resources and, where appropriate, the delegation of management functions to a regional or catchment level so as to enable everyone to participate;
BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as follows: