Our story

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.


Changing lives through the provision of sustainable bulk water services.


Provision of quality water services at sustainable level to the needs of our customers.

  • Excellence
  •  Integrity
  •  Accountability
  • Agility
  • Redress
  • Innovation

Values guiding our operations:

Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) upholds the values underpinned by the Batho Pele principles in the management of its operations and the manner in which it conducts business

Municipal customers

  • Polokwane Local Municipality
  • Capricorn District Municipality
  • Sekhukhune District Municipality
  • Mopani District Municipality
  • Mogalakwena Local Municipality

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.

LNW regional representation

  • Capricorn Region Ebenezer Situated 70km east of Polokwane Water is abstracted from Ebenezer Dam Supplies potable water to Haenertsburg, Polokwane Local Municipality and water users along the line Plant capacity – 56 Mℓ/day
  • Olifantspoort Situated approximately 50km east of Lebowakgomo in the Lepelle Nkumpi municipal area Water is abstracted from a weir in the Olifants River and the scheme is dependent on water from Flag Boshielo Dam, which is 73km upstream Supplies potable water to the Polokwane municipal area, villages in the Lepelle Nkumpi municipal area and the peri-urban town of Lebowakgomo Plant capacity – 60 Mℓ/day Raw water allocation - 41 Mℓ/day Present consumption - 60,5 Mℓ/day
  • Doorndraai Situated some 38 km south-west of Mokopane in the Mogalakwena municipal area Water is abstracted from Doorndraai Dam Supplies potable water to Mogalakwena Municipality Plant capacity is 12 Mℓ/day
  • Mopani Region Phalaborwa Situated 17km south of Phalaborwa in the Ba-Phalaborwa municipal area Water is abstracted from the Olifants River Supplies potable water to Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality and semi-treated/industrial and raw water to several mines and other industrial users through networks Plant capacity – 150 Mℓ/day of which 76 Mℓlday can be purified to potable standards Raw water allocation - 175 Mℓ/day
  • Nandoni Situated approximately 17km from Thohoyandou within Thulamela Local Municipal area Raw water is abstracted from Nandoni Dam Major consumers are Thulamela Local Municipality, Collins Chabane Local Municipality and Makhado Local Municipality The plant capacity is 60 Mℓ/day Raw water allocation is 120 Mℓ/day Consumption stands at 60,92 Mℓ/day 
  • Politsi Situated about 10 km from Modjadjiskloof in the Mopani District Water is abstracted from Magoebaskloof Dam Supplies potable water to Magoebaskloof and the Ga-Kgapane area Plant capacity: 6,5 Mℓ/day Present consumption: 6,19 Mℓ/day)
  • Sekhukhune Region Sekhukhune District Municipality  LNW operates and maintains facilities in the following municipal areas Fetakgomo/Tubatse Local Municipality  Potable plants Burgersfort Water Treatment Plant 5.0 Mℓ/day Steelpoort Potable Water Borehole Field 0,4 Mℓ/day Ohrigstad Potable Water Borehole Field 0.3 Mℓ/day Ga-Mapodile Water Treatment Works 3.0 Mℓ/day Malekane Water Treatment Works 12 Ml/day Mahlakwena Package Plant 0.2 Ml/day sakane Package Plant 0.2 Ml/day Kutullo Package Plant 0.2 Ml/day Sewage plants Burgersfort Wastewater Treatment Works 1.5 Mℓ/day New Burgersfort Sewage Package Plant 10 Ml/day Steelpoort Wastewater Works 0.35 Mℓ/day Ga-Mapodile Sewage Works 1.0 Mℓ/day
  • Fetakgomo area LNW operates the following plants on behalf of the municipality: * The municipality is supplied with 6,0 Mℓ/day from the Olifantspoort Water Treatment Works   Potable Plant * Nkadimeng Water Treatment Plant 2,5 Mℓ/day  
  • Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality LNW operates the following facilities on behalf of the municipality:  Potable Plant Marble Hall Water Treatment Plant of 5,5 Mℓ/day Sewage Plant Marble Hall Wastewater Treatment Plant 1.5 Mℓ/day
  • Elias Motswaledi Local Municipality LNW runs the following facility on behalf of the municipality: Potable Plant Hlogotlou Water Treatment Plant of 2,0 Mℓ/day
Our work


  • Implementing agent for the Department of Water & Sanitation
  • Providing management and support services to Water Services Authorities
  • Supplying potable water to end users & water for mining and industrial use
  • Providing catchment management services to and on behalf of responsible authorities
  • Performing water conservation functions
  • Offering laboratory services
  • 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.



Ethics in the workplace address ethical values applied in decision-making, conduct and the relationship between the organisation and its stakeholders and broader society.


The importance of ethical behaviour in the workplace talks to the following:

  1. Reputation (good)
  2. Stakeholder trust
  3. Investor confidence
  4. Discerning clients
  5. Attracting and retaining employees


Risks associated with unethical are not limited to:

  1. Scandal
  2. Loss due to fraud, theft or corruption
  3. Stakeholder alienation
  4. Staff dissatisfaction and uncertainty
  5. Litigation


Through all their liaison, LNW’s Board, management, staff and clients commit themselves to maintaining the highest standards of competence, integrity and ethical behaviour, thereby ensuring that the reputation of the organisation is irreproachable.


All stakeholders are requested to use our anti-fraud hotline to report any unethical behaviour by calling