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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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This unit oversees the country's surface water resources pertaining to Hydrometric stations operations, design and construction of surface water development infrastructure, surface water quality and quantity monitoring and protection to ensure sustainable use of the nation's surface water

  •  The Unit provides guidance in the Planning and Development of catchment surface water resources.
  •  Oversees and reviews Designs for operating and maintaining Hydrometric stations for surface water management.
  •  Monitors catchment Plans and their execution for regular field monitoring programmes for hydrological observations.
  •  Advises on the effects of development on the availability of surface water and Water allocation.
  •  Manages and checks hydrology and hydraulic analyses and design procedures on projects in catchment areas
  •  Conducts flood studies, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping



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