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Press Statement on the Extension of the …

September 28, 2018

Press statement on the Extension of Borehole Registration The Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) has extend the Borehole registration deadline from 30th September, 2018 to 31st March, 2019. Press Statement on the...

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July 16, 2018

PRESS RELEASE ON COMPLIANCE LEVELS ON GROUND WATER REGULATIONS The Acting Director General for Water Resources Management Authority responded to a press query from Media Houses on the compliance levels on...

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Ministrial Press Statement

April 18, 2018

Ministrial Press Statement The Ministry Of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection (MWDSEP) released a press statement clarifying the enactment of the statutory instruments on fees and charges, licensing of drillers...

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Welcome to the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) website, an organization set up by the Zambian Government following the water sector reforms process that led to the enactment of the Water Resources Management Act No. 21 of 2011 (the “Water Resources Management Act”) .

WARMA is an authority whose main function, as spelt out in the WRM Act  is “to promote and adopt a dynamic, gender-sensitive, integrated, interactive, participatory and multi-sectoral approach to watersummary statutory instruments1
resources management and development that includes human, land, environmental and socio-economic considerations, especially poverty reduction and the elimination of water borne diseases, including malaria”.

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On 9th March 2018, the Minister for Water Development, Sanitation and Environment Protection,Dr Dennis M. Wanchinga launched three Statutory Instruments (SIs) namely; SI No. 18 Fees and Charges Regulations, SI No. 19 Licencing of Drillers and Other Constructors and SI No. 20 Groundwater and Boreholes Regulations.
The newly introduced SIs bring in inclusiveness in the management of water resources by not only trying to safeguard surface water but groundwater as well by introducing regulations of Drillers and drilling in Zambia, as well as, the utillisation of groundwater. It entails submission of applications prior to drilling as well as registration of all existing boreholes and should the water be utilised for non-domestic purposes the usage will attract fees. The SIs further provide prescribed for specifications for a  standard borehole design and distances for siting boreholes from potential sources of pollution such as pit latrines soakaways, garage, fuel tanks, cemeteries etc.  Prescribed distances are also listed for minimum distances between boreholes with respect water quantity as dictated by the hydrogeological conditions.Read More

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WARMA at a Glance

What is WARMA?


The Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) is an autonomous body established by the Water Resources Management Act, No. 21 of 2011. WARMA exercises control over all water resources in Zambia as envisioned in the Water Resources Management Act. The Act set out provisions to regulate the use of water in Zambia by considering or issuing of water permits with the exception of international shared water bodies.

WARMA Mandate


To preserve and protect Zambia’s ground and surface water resources and regulate the abstraction, allocation, use, development and management of water resources in a sustainable manner.

Who is Elligible for Water Permits


  • Farmers


  • Hydropower producers


  • Industries


  • Mines


  • Water Utility Companies


Who is exempted


  • Domestic and non-commercial users