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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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Hydrological Information

March 22, 2018

Hydrological Information

REVIEW OF THE RAINFALL AND WATER LEVELS FOR SELECTED STATIONS •The rainfall period considered was from the December, 2017 to 16th March, 2018. •Water levels considered were from 1st October, 2017 to...

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 Kafue River at Hook Bridge

Station Location

This station is located about 70km upstream of Itezhi tezhi dam. The volume of Water measured at Hook Bridge can be considered to be in flows going into the dam, since there is no major tributary between the gauge station and the dam.

Daily flows

Flows on the Kafue River at Hook Bridge have been rising steadily due to rainfall received around the area. There has been an increase in flows observed in the week under review. The flow observed on 09th January 2018 is 279.365m3/s, while the flow observed last year on the same date was 167.113m3/s

Kafue River at Raglan Farm (4-050)

Station Location

This station is located in Chingola district and it is the first telemetric station located along Kafue River from the source. It captures the head waters from Kipushi area before it enters Chingola district on the Copper belt Province.

Daily flows

 

Flows on the Kafue River at Raglan Farm are rising steadily. It can be noticed that flows will continue rising as the rains continues. The week flow observed on 26th December 2017 is 35.453 m3/s, while the flow observed last year on the same date was 9.941 m3/s

Kafue River at Machiya (4-280)

Station Location

This station is located about 80 Km from Mpongwe district on the Copperbelt. It captures what is coming from Kitwe District, Luanshya District and the contribution of Lumfwanyama sub catchment on the Copperbelt Province.

Daily flows

Flows on the Kafue River at Machiya are rising steadily. It can be noticed that flows will continue rising as the rains continues. The flow observed on 08th January 2018 is 177.959m3/s, while the flow observed last year on the same date was 82.861m3/s

 Chongwe River at Great East Road Bridge (5-025)

Station Location

This station is located about 3 Km downstream Chongwe weir in Chongwe District Lusaka Province. 

Daily flows

Flows on the Chongwe River at Chongwe Bridge are going down. It can be noticed that there is a decrease in flows because there has been no rains received around the area. The flow observed on 07th January 2018 is 4.258 m3/s, while the flow observed last year on the same date was 1.991m3/s

 

 

MONGU FLOOD SITUATION 2017

WARMA through it's catchment officers monitors the water levels of annual flooding in the Barotse Flood Plain at Matongo, near Mongu. Since flooding is a yearly phenomenon in the Barotse Plains, it is necessary  to distinguish normal flooding from extreme flooding events. Hydrological data from as far back as 1956, was used in the analysis.
This year’s graph shows that water has been rising steadily. This season’s peak  exceeds the long-term normal by 0.306m (30.6cm).  

The graph below shows water levels for little Zambezi River at Matongo (2-330)




The 2015/16 flood exceeded the long-term normal by 0.238m (23.8cm). The hydrological year 2014/15 was much drier. The highest water level recorded during the year was below the long-term normal by 0.559m (55.9cm). From 1956 to date, the 1968/69 flood remains the highest on record. It has never been equaled or exceeded.  
The 1991/92 hydrological year remains the driest on record.

The graph below shows the flood peaks for little Zambezi River at Matongo (2-330)

Ground Water Level Monitoring trends

Ground water trends in the observed Lusaka’s city Airport and National Institute Scientific Research (NISIR) area. This trend is observed in many other monitoring areas around Lusaka

 

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