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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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WARMA consists of four directorates and these are; Finace, Water Resources Management and Information, Legal and Human Resources and Administration

The Finance Department provides accountability for financial resources and assure prudent utilisation of funds.  The department performs this function by preparing management reports and periodic financial statements prepared in accordance with applicable Accounting and Financial Reporting Standards.

Water Resources Management and Information
The Water Resources Management and Information is a department which consists of four (4) units and six (6) Catchments. The department is managed by the Director Water Resources Management and Information. The role of the department is to manage, develop, protect, conserve and preserve the water resources for both surface and ground water.

Human Resources and Administration
The Human Resource Department manages human resources affairs to maximize employee performance in order to achieve the authority’s strategic objectives. The department primarily undertakes activities in designing human resource policies and procedures, recruitment and selection, remuneration, performance management, training, development and employee relations.

The Legal Department is a supporting function of WARMA whose principal mandate is to provide legal guidance to the Board and Management of the Authority

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