Set up in 2012, WARMA is an authority whose main function, as spelt out in the Water Act of 2011 is “to promote and adopt a dynamic, gender-sensitive, integrated, interactive, participatory and multisectoral approach to water 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”.
WARMA is responsible for managing and regulating the use 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. The WARMA Board was established in April 2013 and it’s Director General and first permanent staff was appointed thereafter.
WRMA’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.
Zambia's water resources are used for optimal and sustainable social and economic development.
Effectively regulate, manage and develop water resources for all users in Zambia.
WARMA’S core values are to be: