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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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 Hon. Kaziya making a presentation during the Africa Hydromet event panel discussion at COP 22

Hon. Lloyd Kaziya M.P, Minister for Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection called for modernisation of hydrological and meteorological services to enhance service delivery. This was during the Africa Hydromet Programe event at the  22nd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22) was held 07-18 Nov 2016 in Marrakach, Morrocco.  He indicated that Climate change is real and Zambia is already affected as seen through recurrent droughts and floods, which makes adequate meteorological services necessary to support resilient growth across sectors. He indicated that Zambia is deeply affected by climate change as, in the past five years, our rivers have been drying up while the frequency of droughts has increased affecting our smallholder farmers in terms of production, and to make matters worse, information flow to the affected communities is not readily available. He called for urgent support from cooperating partners to address the dwindling water and climate information and services gap especially for the rural poor. He indicated that Zambia requires urgent support to upgrade hydromet systems and integrate them in all key sectors such as Mining, Energy and Agriculture.

The meeting received political and technical endorsement of the urgent need for investing in hydromet modernization by governments and their development partners, as a fundamental investment in climate adaptation, and for building climate resilience, which also serves the twin purpose of informing early warning and disaster preparedness.

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