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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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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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Human Resources and Administration

The Human Resources and administration Department manages the affairs of human resources to maximize employee performance 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 WARMA Organization Structure
In order to effectively deliver on the functions of the WARMA outlined in the WRM Act, a startup organizational structure was developed comprising Head Quarters, Catchment and Sub Catchments and was approved by the WARMA Board. The Head Quarters of WARMA is located in Lusaka.

The day-to-day operations of WARMA are managed by Management that is supervised by a Board of Directors. The Authority is headed by the Director General who is the Chief Executive Officer and has a line management of four directorates, namely:

    Directorate of Water Resources Management and Information;
    Authority Secretary Services;
    Directorate of Finance; and
    Directorate of Human Resources and Administration.
 The figure below presents the current WARMA Top Management Structure 












Structure of top WARMA Management





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