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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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Zambia National Water Stewardship Award …

April 12, 2018

Zambia National Water Stewardship Award 2018 Launch

WARMA Acting Director General launches 2018 Zambia National Water Stewardship Award Water Resources Management Authority Acting Director General Mr. Lemmy Namayanga launched the 2018 Zambia National Water Stewardship Award. During the...

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Hydrological Information

March 22, 2018

Hydrological Information

REVIEW OF THE RAINFALL AND WATER LEVELS FOR SELECTED STATIONS •The rainfall period considered was from the December, 2017 to 16th March, 2018. •Water levels considered were from 1st October, 2017 to...

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Zambezi Dam Operators (ZAMDO)

Figure 1: The 25th JOTC and 15th ExCo of ZAMDO was held on the 30th- 31st May, 2017 at Protea Hotel, Livingstone.

WARMA hosted the 25th session of the Joint Technical Committee meeting for the Zambezi Dam Operators (ZAMDO). This was held at Protea Hotel in Livingstone on the 30th May, 2017 and was followed by the Executive Committee Meeting of ZAMDO the following day on the 31st May, 2017.
The Zambezi River Basin Water Resources Managers and Dam Operators (ZAMDO) is made up of the following Institutions namely; Administração Regional de Águas do Zambeze (Zambezi Regional Water Board, Mozambique or ARA Zambezi, Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB) the Mozambique power utility Company, Zimbabwe National Water Authority - ZINWA, Zimbabwe Power Company - ZPC, ZRA, ZESCO as well as WARMA which recently joined. The main objective is the improved water resources management in the basin through a more coordinated approach. It provides a platform for data exchange between the member Institutions.
ZAMDO has a Technical committee, the JOTC with a steering committee comprised of the Chief Executives from the member institutions.

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