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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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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 and constructors and groundwater and boreholes (statutory instruments numbers 18, 19 and 20 of 2018).

The press statement highlighted on the statutory instruments numbers 18, 19 and 20 of 2018. SI No. 18 of 2018 talks about fees and charges for all economic uses of water such as hydropower, agriculture, mining, industries and municipal as well as non-extractive uses such as recreation and navigation. SI No. 19 of 2018 talks about licensing provision of drillers and constructors of water works and SI No. 20 of 2018 talks about the intended protection of groundwater resources and safe guard public health by prescribing minimum distances between adjacent boreholes as well as the distance between a borehole and a potential pollution source such as septic tanks and soak ways, landfills, graves and many more. Full Press Statement

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