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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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Hydro-Informatics Unit

The unit manages the WARMA Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, water resources information systems and databases including the electronic capturing of water permits as well as hydrological and ground water data into the water permit and Geodin databases respectively.

  • Informatics unit ensures that water level data is collected and entered into hydstra database.
  • Water Permits are scrutinised and updated in the water permitting database 
  • Hydro-Informatics also disseminates and publishes data into brochures, maps and reports.
  • The unit also ensures that the newly installed 65 telemetric stations transmits data to the main server at WARMA and data is analysed for further hydrological forcasting and planning. The informatics unit manages the Integrated Water Resources Management System (IWRMIS) and ensure that all the data from core databases are integrated into IWRMIS software to allow the Hydrological unit and Water environment and quality unit carry out the hydrological duties efficiently.
  • The unit also ensures that Integrated Water Resources Management Information System (IWRMIS) establish data links between them and be able to flexible react on requirements of future systems and services. The receipt of incoming measuring data to the system and forwarding them to relevant databases is one of the core functionalities of IWRMIS.


Below is the sample of IWRMIS software showing integrated data stations from 65 teremetric stations and other databases


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