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Amatola Water is an essential water services utility in the Eastern Cape. 

Amatola Water’s primary activity, as stipulated under the provisions of Sections 29 and 30 of the Act, is to provide bulk water services.

A brief history of our organisation

In 1998, it was established as proclaimed in the Government Gazette No 18409 of 14 November 1997 by the Minister, as empowered by the Water Services Act (Act 108 of 1997) as well as the Public Finance Management Act No 1 of 1999 and is accountable to the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation as its executive authority. 

In 1998 we started providing water services primarily to municipalities, under the provisions of the Water Services Act (Act 108 of 1997). Sections 29 and 30 of the legislation state that the primary activity of a water board is to provide bulk water services, secondary activities being subject to such activities not affecting the water board´s primary role and capability.

Since its establishment in 2007, Amatola Water’s gazetted operational area has been grown more than three-fold to 47,515 km2.  

Amatola Water Supply Area

Our current area of operation covers a tract of the central Eastern Cape Province, encompassing most of the Amathole and Chris Hani District Municipalities together with lesser portions of the Joe Gqabi and Sarah Baartman Districts.


To be a leader in the provision of bulk water services in the Eastern Cape


Amatola Water strives to excel in contributing to the socio-economic development by providing bulk water services in the Eastern Cape in an ethical and sustainable manner.



  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Stakeholder focus
  • Team orientation
  • Integrity