Permits and Applications

Signing of a Water Permit

As an independent Authority WARMA tries to manage Zambia’s water resources, accordingly to the Water Resources Management Act No. 21. Monitoring water abstraction and borehole infrastructure will help WARMA to ensure access to water for current and future generations.

Water Permitting

The purpose of water permitting and the associated payments is to help manage water resources in Zambia according to international best practices for the benefit of the people by ensuring that water abstractions are regulated. According to the Water Resources Management Act No. 21 of 2011, water is a basic need and a requirement to every citizen. Therefore there is a need for every citizen (poor and rich) to have access to water. This can only be attainable by regulating abstractions by commercial users, whose abstractions can cause depletion of water resources to the surrounding local people and the environment since water is not a finite resource. To ensure that everyone has access to water, every domestic water user is exempted from paying for water use up to 10,000 litres per day, but beyond that, it is chargeable and requires a permit.

Furthermore, the Water Resources Management Act No. 21 of 2011 section 3 indicates that water belongs to the state and ownership is vested in the President on behalf and benefit of the people of Zambia. This means that water is a public good and is subject to regulation which includes water permitting of commercial users and controlled abstractions for the benefit of every citizen and affected users. More …

Borehole Registration

The regulations on groundwater and boreholes will tackle the issue of groundwater protection to improve both the quality and quantity of the resource. WARMA's work will improve water quality by, for instance, ensuring boreholes are not too close to sources of contamination. This not only applies to domestic boreholes but will also help ensure that commercial utilities such as Lusaka Water & Sewerage Company (LWSC) can supply adequate quantities of safe and healthy water to their customers. More …