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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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The Water Resources Management of 2011 Act provides for a decentralized management system in line with the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) that manages water resources at Catchment and Sub-Catchment levels and promotes local participation through formation of Water User Associations (WUAs).

 

 

CATCHMENT AND SUB CATCHMENT FUNCTIONS

 

(Enshrined in Part III section 18 & 20 of WRM Act No 21 of 2011)

 

  • Coordinating, supervising, monitoring and evaluating Water Resources Management activities in the  water catchments

  • Disseminating Water Resources Management information, regulations and standards  to the public

  • Collecting, monitoring and analysing hydrological and hydrogeological data for WARMA decision making

  • Developing water allocation plans and making recommendations on water allocations for the issue of permits

  • Contributing to the development of catchment management plans, sub catchment plans for water allocation decisions and other water use plans

  • Promoting participatory water harvesting and water conservation initiatives

 

WATER USERS ASSOCIATIONS (WUA) FUNCTIONS

 

(Enshrined in Part III Articles 24 and 25 of WRM Act No 21 of 2011)

 

  • Undertake projects to ensure water resource  protection

  • Monitor water quality and ensure water resources conservation

  • Support the collection of hydrological, hydro-geological, meteorological and environmental data

  • Facilitate effective operation and implementation of WUA constitutions

  • Ensure efficient and sustainable water use among members and the community

  • Promote  community participation in water resources management and allocation

  • Investigate & resolve all water conflicts and disputes

  • Support the operation of catchment and sub catchment councils

  • Manage water gauging infrastructure, hydrometric networks and groundwater monitoring infrastructure;

    At the moment the constitution of the WUAs is underway. Some water users have since submitted their draft constitutions to WARMA.

     

     

 

 

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