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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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•The rainfall period considered was from the December, 2017 to 16th March, 2018.
•Water levels considered were from 1st October, 2017 to 16th March, 2018.
WARMA has equally been monitoring some of its reporting stations on the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFas) which indicates rainfall forecasts of 30 days and corresponding discharge reaction to the rain at these reporting stations.
chongwe at gerb rainfall         chongwe at gerb
The rainfall season at this station commenced around the 11th November, 2017 and it was raining intermittently since then up to 28th December, 2017. The month of January, 2018 has been dry with very little rainfall maximum being 5mm on the 26th January, 2018 and the first half of the month of February we have been experiencing rainfall at this station
The water level at this station had begun rising since November, 2017 and has continued to do so. There is a marked spikes in the water level as a result of the rainfall recorded at the end of December, 2017 and also at the beginning of the month of February 2018. The spikes could also be due to the increased storm water received from the CBD in Lusaka and WARMA will check against this and monitor the situation. The current situation shows that the water level is above the long term mean. Note also is the very low level of this year as compared to the long term mean hydrograph during the month of January. Download

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