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  NATIONAL INTEGRATED WATER INFORMATION SYSTEM

About NIWIS

The National Integrated Water Information System (NIWIS) was developed by the Department of Water and Sanitation with the purpose of providing information products, in the form of dashboards, to facilitate efficient analysis and reporting across the water value chain in South Africa.


To access the NIWIS dashboards, please select a theme in the menu on the left, and then choose an appropriate dashboard from the options on the right. Alternatively, please use the All Dashboards menu above to access the different dashboards.


We welcome comments and feedback; please feel free to send any queries, comments and suggestions via the Contact Us form in the menu.


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Drought Status

New Dashboards

The Drought Status and Management information system is designed to provide regular overview and outlook of drought status in South Africa. The Drought Status and Management dashboard currently integrates rainfall, river flow, dam level and groundwater level data as the main indicators for generating drought status information. Other indicators such as vegetation condition will be added in future.


Click on an icon below to access drought status dashboard
Drought Status
Drought Status Overview
Rainfall Status
Rainfall Status Overview
Runoff Status
Runoff Status Overview
Dams Status
Dams Status Overview
Groundwater Status
Groundwater Status Overview
Affected Settlements
Drought Affected Settlements

About State of Water

The State of Water Report (SoWR) gives information of the water state in different aspects of water business including:

  • water quantity allocated for consumption
  • water available to the environment
  • water used
  • water recycled
  • rainfail, reservoirs and acquifers and more...


A snapshot of the landing page of the SoWR dashboard is shown below:

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State of Water Report Dashboards

The following are some of the State of Water Report dashboards that are in the system


  • Waste Water Quality Compliance
  • Waste Water Treatment Authorisation
  • Drinking Water Quality Compliance
  • Resource Water Quality Objectives
  • Health Risks related to using Untreated Water from Rivers and Dams
  • Eutrophication
  • and click HERE to see more dashboards...

Click on an icon below to access the SoWR dashboard

About Water Quantity

The water quantity grouping of dashboards spans the following aspects of the water business:

  • volume of water stored in Dams
  • current river flows
  • status of groundwater availability
  • groundwater levels
  • potential for further groundwater development


A snapshot of the landing page of the one of the water quantity dashboards is shown below:

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Water Quantity Dashboards

The following are the water quantity dashboards that are in the system

  • Surface Water Storage
  • River Flows
  • Groundwater Availability Status
  • Groundwater Development Potential
  • Groundwater Level Status

About Water Quality

The water quality grouping of dashboards spans the following aspects of the water business:

  • compliance levels related to drinking and waste water quality
  • authorisation for waste water treatment
  • resource water quality objectives
  • health risks related to using untreated water from rivers and dams
  • eutrophication


A snapshot of the landing page of the one of the water quality dashboards is shown below:

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Water Quality Dashboards

The following are the water quality dashboards that are in the system

The following are the water quality dashboards that are in the system:

  • Waste Water Quality Compliance
  • Waste Water Treatment authorisation
  • Drinking Water Quality Compliance
  • Resource Water Quality Objectives
  • Health Risks related to using Untreated Water from Rivers and Dams
  • Eutrophication


About Water Use

The water use grouping of dashboards spans the following aspects of the water business:

  • water authorisation
  • water licensing for individual and for groups (general authorisations)
  • water use
  • water license application monitoring


A snapshot of the landing page of the one of the water use dashboards is shown below:

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Water Use Dashboards

The following are the water use dashboards that are in the system

The following are the water use dashboards that are in the system:

  • Existing Lawful Water Use
  • General Authorisations
  • Water Use Licenses
  • Water Use License Application Monitoring


About Disaster Management

The disaster management grouping of dashboards renders overviews of the following aspects that contribute to the overall drought status:

  • drought status overview
  • runoff status
  • dam status
  • rainfall status
  • groundwater status


Here is a snapshot of the landing page of the drought status overview dashboard shown below:

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Disaster Management Dashboards

The following are the disaster management dashboards that are in the system

  • Drought Status Overview
  • Rainfall Status Overview
  • Runoff Status Overview
  • Dam Status Overview
  • Groundwater Status Overview

About Sanitation Services

The purpose of the sanitation dashboard is to provide the user with and overview of the status of sanitation services over time, as well as to provide the type of services which have been provided to households. There are three indicators, namely:

  • sanitation services over years
  • above and below RDP sanitation service
  • percentage of households served with what sanitation type of technology

Here is a snapshot of the landing page of the sanitation dashboard shown below:

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Sanitation Dashboard

The system has one sanitation dashboard.


About Monitoring Networks

The monitoring network grouping of dashboards spans the following aspects of the water business:

  • surface water monitoring network
  • groundwater level monitoring network
  • water quality minotoring network


Below is a snapshot of the landing page of one of the monitoring network dashboard:

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Monitoring Networks Dashboards

The following are the monitoring network dashboards that are in the system

  • Surface Water Monitoring Network
  • Groundwater Level Monitoring Network
  • Water Quality Monitoring Network

About Water Tariffs

The water tariffs grouping of dashboards spans the following aspects of the water business:

  • water board tariffs
  • raw water tariffs
  • municipal tariffs


Below is a snapshot of the landing page of one of the water tariffs dashboards:

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Water Tariffs Dashboards

The following are the water tariffs dashboards that are in the system:

  • water board tariffs
  • raw water tariffs

About Water Services

The water services grouping of dashboards spans the following aspects of the water business:

  • population access to available water infrastructure
  • the reliability of water supply
  • municipal self-assessment
  • non-revenue water
  • Sanitation Services


Below is a snapshot of the landing page of one of the access to water dashboards:

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Water Services Dashboards

The following are the access to water dashboards that are in the system:

  • Access to Water Infrastructure Delivered
  • Water Supply Reliability

About Enforcement

The enforcement grouping of dashboards spans the following aspects of the water business:

  • classification of offences per sector and activity
  • compliance levels monitoring
  • case management
  • status of legal processes


Below is a snapshot of the landing page of one of the enforcement dashboards:

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Enforcement Dashboards

The following are the enforcement dashboards that are in the system:

  • Level of Compliance per Case
  • Classification of Offences by Activity Type
  • Classification of Offences per Sector
  • Status of Legal Processes

About Water Use

The water use grouping of dashboards spans the following aspects of the water business:

  • non-revenue water i.e. a dashboards which details the amount of non-revenue water per province and municipality


Below is a snapshot of the dashboard's landing page:

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Water Use Dashboard

There is one water use dashboard in the system:


About Infrastructure

One of the infrastuture dashboardis called Government Water Schemes. This dashboard provides an overview of the various GWS within the different Operational Clusters. The dashboard should provide an overview of where the different schemes are within specific areas in South Africa. Additionally, the dashboard will provide information on the levels of different DWS reservoirs and for those dams with operating rules will be displayed graphically on a “Levels vs Operating Rules” plot.


The other infrastructure dashboard is the Dam Safety Regulation dashboard. This dashboard’s map colour coding represent inspection status – displays the distribution of dams that have been inspected within the last 12 months period, within the previous 12 months period and before that.

The dashboard map can be rendered as per following indicators:

  • Inspection Status
  • Dam Size
  • Hazard Category
  • Sector


Below is a snapshot of one of the Government Water Schemes dashboard's landing page:

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Infrastructure Dashboards

The following are the infrastructure dashboards that are in the system:

  • Government Water Schemes
  • Dam Safety Regulation

About DWS Human Resources

This dashboard provides an overview of the human resources in the DWS. The following type of information is provided in this dashboard:

  • The total number of people working in DWS, which can be broken down into:
    • The number of people in various age categories (e.g. 20-35, >35-50, >50 years of age)
    • The gender of the people in the various age categories
    • The skills profiles of the employees, i.e. engineers, scientists
    • The race profile of the human resources per age category can be shown
  • The number of vacant posts for engineers, scientists can be shown.


Below is a snapshot of the dashboard's landing page:

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DWS Human Capital Dashboard

There is one DWS Human Capital dashboard in the system:


About Municipal Strategic Self-Assessment

This dashboard’s map shows the access to municipal strategic self-assessment per province on a scale ranging from:

  • Very High Vulnerability
  • High Vulnerability
  • Moderate Vulnerability
  • Low Vulnerability


Below is a snapshot of the dashboard's landing page:

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Municipal Strategic Self-Assessment Dashboard

There is one Municipal Strategic Self-Assessment dashboard in the system.


About Dam Safety

This dashboard’s map colour coding represent inspection status – displays the distribution of dams that have been inspected within the last 12 months period, within the previous 12 months period and before that.

The dashboard map can be rendered as per following indicators:

  • Inspection Status
  • Dam Size
  • Hazard Category
  • Sector


Below is a snapshot of the dashboard's landing page:

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Dam Safety Regulation Dashboard

There is one dam safety dashboard in the system:


About Water Ecosystems

The water ecosystems grouping of dashboards spans the following aspects of the water business:

  • surface water reserve
  • groundwater reserve


Below is a snapshot of one of the water ecosystem dashboards' landing page:

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Water Ecosystems Dashboards

Below are the water ecosystems dashboards in the system.


About Climate and Weather

The Climate Change dashboard relates to climate change indicators including changes in temperature, wet spells, dry spells, irrigation demand, potential evaporation, mean annual precipitation and streamflow. The available climate change data used is at quinary scale (i.e. sub-division of the quaternary). However, the maps are delineable into quaternary and water management area levels.


Below is a snapshot of the dashboard's landing page:

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Climate Change Dashboard

There is one climate change dashboard in the system


About Water Pollution

The Water Pollution gives information of the pollution in South Africa covering the following aspects:

  • water pollution causes
  • water pollution status


A snapshot of the landing page of the Water Pollution dashboard is shown below:

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Water Pollution Dashboards

The following are the Water Pollution dashboards that are in the system


  • Water Pollution Causes
    1. Incidents
    2. Waste Water Quality Compliance
  • Water Pollution Status
    1. Pollution Status Overview
    2. Pollution Status Microbial
    3. Pollution Status Chemical
    4. Pollution Status Physical
    5. Eutrophication
  • and click HERE to see the dashboards...

Click on an icon below to access the Water Pollution dashboard