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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 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).





(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




(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