As a commercial irrigator you have different roles when it comes to water management. On-farm, you run a business enterprise, which means that you manage water to improve irrigation efficiency and water productivity. In the same role, you also manage water as a critical resource whose availability and quality are major risks.
On-scheme, you have a different role. Here you are a member of a local water resource management institution, and as such you have a co-responsibility to minimise water losses resulting from infrastructure, bad management practices and unauthorised withdrawals.
In all these roles, you are accountable to government and the Department as the custodian of water in South Africa.