The Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) is responsible for managing and regulating at a national level all uses of Zambia’s water resources in an integrated, participatory and sustainable manner based on human, land, environmental and socio-economic considerations.
WARMA was established by the Water Resources Management (WRM) Act No. 21 of 2011 and its mandate is derived from this Act.
WARMA’s approach to regulating the use of water in Zambia is based on international best practices of integrated water resources management (IWRM) in line with the country’s national development agenda.
WARMA became operational on October 1 2012 through a statutory instrument after the 2011 Water Resources Act was signed.
To be an autonomous, efficient and dynamic regulator of water resources.
Effectively regulate, manage and develop water resources for all users in Zambia.
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 and constructors and groundwater and boreholes (statutory instruments numbers 18, 19 and 20 of 2018).
The press statement highlighted on the statutory instruments numbers 18, 19 and 20 of 2018. SI No. 18 of 2018 talks about fees and charges for all economic uses of water such as hydropower, agriculture, mining, industries and municipal as well as non-extractive uses such as recreation and navigation. SI No. 19 of 2018 talks about licensing provision of drillers and constructors of water works and SI No. 20 of 2018 talks about the intended protection of groundwater resources and safe guard public health by prescribing minimum distances between adjacent boreholes as well as the distance between a borehole and a potential pollution source such as septic tanks and soak ways, landfills, graves and many more. Full Press Statement