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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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Regulations and Compliance

The Regulation and Compliance is a unit comprised of Inspectors and headed by the Regulations and Compliance manager (RCM). The core function of the unit is to undertake regular inspections of water users by checking their compliance with terms and conditions of their  permits and the provisions of the Water Resources Management (WRM) Act No. 21 of 2011.

  • To monitor the use of water resources in Zambia through robust inspections;
  • In conjunction with Hydro Informatics, the unit helps maintain an up to date clients’ data base;
  • Carrying out awareness and sensitization on water permitting and compliance  in line with the WRM Act;
  • Identify any potential activities that may be at variance with WARMA regulations;
  • To generate vital information from the field to facilitate planning and decision making by WARMA management;
  • Recommend penalties of non- compliant water users;
  • Investigate on reports from  members of the public regarding suspected illegal water users;
  • Enforcing regulations among water users to ensure compliance with the WRM Act;
  • To verify clients’ compliance with terms and conditions on their water permits;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the levels of compliance by undertaking follow up inspections;
  • With reference to section 174, subsections (1) and (2) of the Act, to prosecute erring water users.

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