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National Water Act Definition

This means the quality of all the aspects of a water resource including -

- the quantity, pattern, timing, water level and assurance of instream flow;

- the water quality, including the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the water;

- the character and condition of the instream and riparian habitat; and

- the characteristics, condition and distribution of the aquatic biota.

[Source: National Water Act (Act No. 36 of 1998)].


Numeric or descriptive characterisation of the water resource and should not be confused with the water quality of the resource.

Why is resource quality important?

This is a component of Resource Directed Measures used to protect and manage water resources in South Africa.