Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) was established in April 1997, in terms of Chapter Six of the Water Services Act, No 108 of 1997. LNW’s primary mandate is to provide bulk-water services to other water services institutions, such as municipalities, mines and industries. The same act further directs that a water board can provide secondary water-related services, such as water reticulation, cost recovery and revenue management, water demand management and water conservation, catchment management, technical support and can also act as the implementing agent for capital projects. Area and Scale of Supply LNW’s area of supply covers approximately 80 000 square kilometres in the Limpopo Province. LNW is currently covering 39% of its area of service, which is 51.56% of the population of Limpopo Province. LNW’s total asset value is in excess of R780-million and it currently operates 11 schemes as well as three waste-water treatment works. In the past financial year, the water schemes produced 284 megalitres per day of potable water and 54 megalitres per day of industrial water. The total capacity of the waste-water treatment works is 6.85 megalitres per day and LNW intends adding a number of new waste-water-treatment works in the future LNW's Mandate The primary mandate of LNW is to provide bulk-water services to other institutions. LNW also provides industrial water to mines in the Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality. Plans are at an advanced stage to supply industrial water from De Hoop Dam (after its completion) to the mines in Sekhukhune District Municipality. Industrial water supply is being investigated in the areas of Musina and Tzaneen municipalities. The main challenge faced by LNW in the realisation of its mandate is that water demand is more than the supply at other schemes. Even though this is the reality, LNW is continually striving towards supporting the municipalities in the development of water-demandmanagement (WDM) strategies and their implementation. LNW has provided resources to Mogalakwena Municipality in the development of its WDM strategy, and work there is progressing in the right direction.
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