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Press statement

October 19, 2018

NO AGENTS NO BOREHOLE FLOW METERS The Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) would like to inform the general public that it has NOT appointed any agents to register nor install any...

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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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Chambeshi Catchment

The Chambeshi River Basin is considered as the most remote headstream of the Congo River in length and therefore considered its source. The Chambeshi River Catchment (CRC) is approximately 44,400 Km2 and geographically is located between latitudes 9o and 12o south and between longitudes 30o and 33o east. Administratively the catchment lies in eight districts, namely; Kasama, Mporokoso, Mbala, Mungwi , Nakonde, Chinsali, Shiwang’andu and Mpika. It has its source in the Mbala highlands near Lake Tanganyika starting at an elevation of about 1760m above mean sea level, flows south west for about 500km before entering the Bangweulu Swamps, a vast floodplain at an elevation of about 1170m above mean sea level .The Chambeshi River is fed by a multitude of tributaries between Nakonde, Mbala and Kasama, an area which is characterised by swampy land also known as Dambos.



According to JICA (1995), the CRC experiences average October temperatures of 30.9oC and July temperatures of 9.2oC.  The annual rainfall varies between 1100 to 1500mm

Water availability

The CRC has an estimated annual runoff of about 168mm equivalent to an average flow of 185m3/sec (JICA, 1995). Since, the catchment lies in a region of high and reliable rainfall, it has a high density of perennial rivers and streams.


The primary economic activity on the catchment is agriculture and the most commonly grown crops are maize, coffee, millet, sorghum, groundnuts, beans, and rice


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