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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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Water Resources and Management Information

Water Resources Management and Information is a department which consists of five (5) units and six (6) Catchments. The department is managed by the Director Water Resources Management and Information. 

The objective of the department is to manage, develop, protect, conserve and preserve the water resources for both surface and ground water both in terms of its quantities and quality of the water resources by;


  • Obtaining, compiling, store and disseminate surface and ground water data concerning the water resources of Zambia;
  • Exercise planning functions as provided in this Act in relation to the Catchment Planning and Water Allocation Plans;
  • Provides Technical recommendation to the Board in allocation water resources in conformity with the provisions of the WRM Act;
  • Control the quality of both surface and groundwater resources in accordance with the provisions of WRM Act;
  • Provide to any department or agency of Government, at its request, technical assistance in respect of any projects, programmes or activities which relate to the development, conservation and use of water resources;
  • Monitor, regulate and enforce compliance on the Water Users;
  • Provide to the public or any government agency, information in relation to the water resources;

Departmental Units 

  • Hydrological Unit
  • Ground water Unit
  • Hydro-Informatics Unit
  • Environment and Water Quality Unit
  • Regulation and Compliance


  • Zambezi
  • Kafue
  • Luangwa
  • Chambeshi
  • Luapula
  • Tanganyika

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