On [DATE], the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry has published a government notice compelling all waste dischargers, that is, all municipalities, industries or individuals who discharge waste into a water resource or whose activities impact on a water resource, to register these activities within 90 days.
The new registration will focus exclusively on those water uses that are waste discharge or waste disposal related, in other words, water uses as described in Sections 21 (e), 21(f), 21(g), 21(h) and 21(j) of the National Water Act. The registration process will assist the Department to close current information gaps related to waste discharge. This information is essential for the effective management of the catchments.
New registration forms have been designed to include all information required by the Department for waste discharge or waste disposal. Waste dischargers are required to register all waste discharge and waste disposal within 90 days of the publication of the government notice.
For general questions, waste dischargers can consult the information brochure. For detailed information taking the applicant step-by-step through the questions, the registration guide can be consulted. For queries, waste dischargers can phone the DWAF toll-free line on 0800 200 200 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The registration process will be implemented in the regions by the DWAF regional offices. The cooperation of waste dischargers and the general public are vital in order for the Department to fulfil its mandate to protect the quality of water resources and to ensure sustainability of the nation's water resources in the interests of all water users.