The Water Resources Management Regulatory Authority (WARMA) has disclosed that it has registered a total number of 3,451 boreholes since the signing of three Statutory Instruments (SIs) by the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection.
Recently, the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection signed three SIs on ground water and boreholes, Licensing of drillers and the revised raw water fees and charges early this year.
Speaking during a media interactive meeting in Lusaka today, WARMA Regulations and Compliance Manager, Alexander Chomba said the authority has so far received 2,349 applications to drill boreholes.
He said out of the 2349 applications, 20 have been rejected for various reasons, with 60 pending for verification purposes.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Chomba revealed that about 88 applications were received for licensing with 84 having received licenses while, 4 were rejected for not meeting the conditions to obtain a license.
Speaking at the same event, WARMA Acting Director General, Lemmy Namayanga appealed to members of the public to register their boreholes with the authority.
Mr. Namayanga said the deadline for registration of boreholes is September 30th noting that all the boreholes which will not be registered by the deadline will be deemed illegal.