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ZAMDO 2017

July 31, 2017

ZAMDO 2017

Zambezi Dam Operators (ZAMDO) Figure 1: The 25th JOTC and 15th ExCo of ZAMDO was held on the 30th- 31st May, 2017 at Protea Hotel, Livingstone. WARMA hosted the 25th session of...

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Hon. Minister for Water Development, San…

February 16, 2017

Hon. Minister for Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection calls for modernization of hydrological and meteorological services to enhance service delivery

   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...

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2015 WSS SECTOR REPORT LAUNCHED

June 2, 2016

2015 WSS SECTOR REPORT LAUNCHED

The Minister of Local Government and Housing, Honourable Stephen Kampyongo, has launched the 2015 Urban and Peri-Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Report. The Honourable Minister of Local Government and Housing...

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 Water Permitting

Water permitting, the process of assigning rights to the use of water, it has emerged as an important issue worldwide. Much of the controversy surrounding water allocation relates to the inability of allocation arrangements to accommodate changing economic, social and hydrological conditions. As a mitigation step to overcome challenges faced in water allocation, a computer based system tool has been developed to automate the task of managing the water permits at the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) under the Ministry of Energy and Water Development (MEWD).

WARMA’s approach to regulating the use of water in Zambia is based on international best practices of integrated water resources management (IWRM) in line with the country’s national development agenda. The approach is governed by a core principle laid down in the Water Resource Management Act which states that “Water shall be used efficiently, sustainably and beneficially in the public interest for the present and future generations”. In line with this approach, the water permits database system is of critical importance in the operations of the institutions. The database tool developed fits into WARMA’s functions of granting water permits and licenses for the right to use water for various purposes under the Act. The tool also aids in establishing and maintaining an accessible information system and to publish forecasts, projections and information on water resource allocation in Zambia. A direct benefit of the water permitting tool is the preservation and protection of Zambia’s water resources. This will in turn help regulate the abstraction, allocation, use, development and management of water resources in a sustainable manner which is in line with WARMA’s mandate.



 

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