Water Use Licenses in terms of National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998)

I-CAT’s environmental solutions team has dedicated waste and water consultants which can assist you with your Water Use License Applications (WULA) as required in terms of Section 21 of the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998)(NWA).

The purpose of the NWA is to ensure that the nation’s water resources are protected, developed, conserved, managed and controlled. Sections 40 and 42 of NWA provides for the responsible authority to request Public Participation (PP) and an assessment of the likely effect of the proposed License in terms of the protection, use, development, conservation, management and control of the water resource. The NWA defines eleven (11) consumptive and non-consumptive Section 21 water uses:

  • Taking water from a water resource;
  • Storing water;
  • Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse;
  • Engaging in a stream flow reduction activity;
  • Engaging in a controlled activity;
  • Discharging waste or water containing waste into a water resource through a pipe, canal, sewer or other conduit;
  • Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;
  • Disposing in any manner of water which contains waste from, or which has been heated in, any industrial or power generation process;
  • Altering the bed, banks, course or characteristics of a watercourse;
  • Removing, discharging or disposing of water found underground if it is necessary for the efficient continuation of an activity or for the safety of people.


The Water Use License Application process includes inter alia:

  • Development of Application Report
  • Completion of License and Registration Forms
  • Conducting Public Participation
  • Specialist Assessments
    • Geohydroligcial
    • Wetland
    • Engineering
    • Surface Water
    • Ecological
    • Rehabilitation
  • Development of Integrated Water and Waste Management Plans
  • Section 27 Motivation
  • Project Management and Authority liaison