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Women's Day Celebration 2018

March 22, 2018

Women's Day Celebration 2018

The WARMA Lower Kafue Catchment Office participartes for the first time in celebrating Women's Day in Mazabuka on 8th March, 2018  

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World Water Day Celebrations 2018

March 22, 2018

World Water Day Celebrations 2018

The WARMA Upper Kafue Catchment Office and BGR participate and take lead in the World Water Day celebrations held in Ndola on 2nd March, 2018.

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The introduction of groundwater regulati…

March 22, 2018

The introduction of groundwater regulation in Zambia

Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection  launches  Statutory Instruments regulation of groundwater and licensing of drillers for Water Resources Management    The introduction of groundwater regulation in Zambia   In view of...

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About Us

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.

Other WARMA’s functions include:

  • Enforcing and implementing the WRM Act.
  • Coordinating and monitoring the activities of Catchment Councils, Sub-catchment Councils and Water User Associations and approve management plans
  • Granting water permits and licences for the right to use water for various purposes under the Act (except for the right to use water for domestic and non-commercial purposes
  • Establishing and maintaining an accessible information system and publish forecasts, projections and information on water resources.
  • Advocacy, communication, awareness raising and promotion for the optimal utilisation, protection, conservation and control of water resources. 

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:

  • Transparent
  • Dynamic
  • Innovative
  • Accountable
  • Equitable
  • Sustainable
  • Integrity


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