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Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency Using water resources efficiently, effectively and wisely to build a sustainable future.

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he Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency protects, develops, conserves, manages and controls water resources in a large area (the Breede-Gouritz Water Management Area, WMA) that extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the areas near the Orange River in the north and the Umzimvubu River in the east. Most of the WMA falls within the Western Cape Province.

water resources. Without this process, there could be unreasonable or unsubstantiated claims to water entitlements due to over-allocation, or an unfair or disproportionate use of water from a resource. Detailed water use data will be prepared to enable the BGCMA to determine which properties in the project area have: registered their water use correctly, under-registered their water use, overregistered their water use or not registered their water use. Unlawful water use, specifically the taking and storing of water, will come to light through the verification process. Information obtained from the registration process is used to bill water users and billing will become more efficient and accurate following the completion of this project.

Water Use Validation and Verification Project This project is targeted specifically at existing water users. The project is being implemented by the BGCMA, together with consultants from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The project will conclude in 2019. The project will confirm water use in the BreedeGouritz WMA, focusing on the Olifants and eastern and western coastal rivers. Specifically, it will identify: Who is using water? How much water is being used? Where it is being used? What is the water being used for? Finally, it will ask: Is the water use lawful? The project does not address general water sector issues, queries or concerns such as water use licence applications, pollution, water use billing and charges. The validation and verification of registered water use is critical in the management and control of

Users definition Water users (agriculture, industrial, commercial, mining, domestic water supply) include those who take water directly from a watercourse (rivers and canals), boreholes, who have dams on their properties and who have commercial forestry plantations. Users who receive water directly from a municipality or a water board or use water for smallscale domestic and non-commercial gardens or livestock purposes (Schedule 1 use) are not affected by the project.

CONTACT INFO IMPORTANT

Project contact details Jan van Staden Tel: +27 023 346 8005 Email: jstaden@bgcma.co.za Website: www.bgcma.co.za

Registration of water use is not an authoritisation or entitlement to use water and is subject to validation and verification by the BGCMA.

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