Who is LNW?

Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) is a public water utility, wholly owned by the state, established in terms of the Water Services Act No. 108 of 1997. Our mandate is to provide bulk water services to water services authorities and industries within our mandated area, Limpopo Province.

LNW is actively involved in schemes serving more than ±3 million people as well as some major industrial users. LNW plans to progressively increase the number of people it serves in consultation with the WSAs in its service area. It should be appreciated that the demand for water exceeds the available supply and LNW will continue to partner with DWS in implementing Water Conservation and Demand Management as well as groundwater exploration to augment the surface water.

A Policy Directive that was received from Minister of DWS for Water Boards to implement Water Conservation and Demand Management (WDM) has been effected through the partnership with DWS to support municipalities. This is being done in order to ensure that Water Institutions in the country prioritise Water Conservation and Demand Management as a way of reaching more people with less. This fact is also supported in the National Development Plan and the Limpopo Provincial Growth and Development Strategy in that it recognises that “continuous research to improve water use efficiency is of utmost importance”. Water is required for the Provincial Development objectives of poverty reduction to be realised.


Excellent Water and Sanitation services for socio-economic development and prosperity



Delivering cost-effective, equitable, sustainable and quality water, and sanitation services


LNW upholds the value underpinned by the eight Batho Pele principles in the management of its operations and the manner in which it conducts its business

The values guiding our business are:

  • Excellence - Performing responsibilities above expectations as set out in the Corporate Plans
  • Integrity - Acting and conducting oneself with honesty
  • Loyalty - Acting in the best interest of the organisation
  • Team spirit - The ability to work as a team in achieving organisational goals
  • Respect - Always showing respect to fellow employees, clients and the environment in conducting LNW responsibilities
  • Innovation - Looking at new ways to provide services

Legislative Mandate

Lepelle Northern Water is a public water entity, wholly owned by the state, established in terms of the Water Services Act, Act No. 108 of 1997. Its mandate is to provide bulk water services (i.e. water and sanitation services) to other water institutions. It is regulated by, among others, the Water Services Act, Act No. 108 of 1997, the Public Finance Management Act No.1 of 1999 and to some extent the Municipal Finance Management Act No. 56 of 2003. Lepelle Northern Water reports directly to the Department of Water and Sanitation through the Accounting Authority and the Chief Executive. The Executive Authority of the Water board is the Minister of Water and Sanitation.

Our work


Section 29 of the Water Services Act stipulates that the primary activity of a Water board is to provide bulk water services (i.e. water and sanitation) to other water services institutions within its service area.

Furthermore, Section 30 of the Water Services Act enables a Water board to perform an activity other than its primary activity only if it is not likely to limit the Water board’s capacity to perform its primary activity, it is not likely to be to the financial prejudice of itself, any water services institution, existing consumers and other users serviced by it within its service area; it is in accordance with the board’s policy statement; and it is provided for in a business plan. Such activities may include amongst others:

  • Providing management services, training and other support services to water services institutions, to promote co-operation in the provision of water services
  • Supplying untreated or non-potable water to end users who do not use the water for household purposes
  • Providing catchment management services to or on behalf of the responsible authorities with the approval of the water services authority having jurisdiction in the area supplying water directly for industrial use;  accepting industrial effluent; and  acting as a water services provider to consumers
  • Providing water services in a joint venture with water services authorities; and
  • Performing water conservation functions.

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Middle Lataba Dam %


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