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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Water charges, fees in Zambia not cost reflective – WARMA

Economy Water charges, fees in Zambia not cost reflective - WARMA

The Water Resource Management Authority (WARMA) has clarified that regulation of Borehole drilling fees and charges are applicable to commercial water users extracting water from either groundwater or rivers for commercial purposes.

WARMA Director-General, Kenneth Nyundu says this applies to uses such as agriculture, hydropower and industry not domestic water users.

General Nyundu observed that the current fees and charges applicable to commercial water users in Zambia are low in comparison to what other countries in the region are charging.

Mr Nyundu said that the fees are not cost reflective as they do not meet the cost of regulating, and monitoring commercial water users to ensure other domestic water users are not disadvantaged.

“Zambia is currently charging K3.80 per 100,000 liters of water,” he said

He added that the fees and charges may in future need to be reviewed to ensure effective management of water resources to avoid disadvantaging communities.

Mr Nyundu has advised the public to take into account that the water user fees and charges do not apply to individual domestic boreholes or non-commercial boreholes.

He alluded that no increment to fees has been proposed by WARMA for permits currently being obtained to drill domestic boreholes and no formal proposal to increase fees currently applicable to commercial waters users.

“The public should ignore the inaccurate report purported by some media houses that WARMA is proposing an increase in Water Tax,” he said

Mr Nyundu elaborated that WARMA regulates the drilling of boreholes through the issuance of permits and the regulation of groundwater is done to ensure sustainable utilization of the water resources and equitable use by all water users which allows for monitoring of both the quality and quantity of water resources.

He further elaborated that in light of the increase in borehole drilling activities, it is of paramount importance that drilling of boreholes is regulated to avoid over-abstraction, depletion, and pollution of groundwater.


  1. Zambia holds the most water bodies in the southern region , stop acting like PF caders in markets out to extort companies……..

    fees should be cheaper than most countries…

    Improve your efficiency……

  2. Cost reflectiveness is suddenly the buzz word, after the president also stated that energy tariffs should be cost teflective. This is ONLY required by the IMF, as one of their conditions for a bail-out loan. Maybe we don’t want a bail-out loan!

  3. WARMA should be disbanded. They add no value to managing water resources. It is more cost effective keeping it as a government department.
    The same should happen to Energy Regulation Board; they are just leeches!

  4. We have to bear in mind that WARMA like any other statutory board need to charge cost reflective charges to meet its mandate of monitoring the usage of water resources coz if left unchecked some communities will be disadvantaged by big users. Lets not start being negative for good intended things for our own good.


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