Directorate of Water Resource Management

The Directorate of Water Resources Management (DWRM) is responsible for developing and maintaining national water laws, policies and regulations; managing, monitoring and regulation of water resources through issuing water use, abstraction and wastewater discharge permits; Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) activities; coordinating Uganda's participation in joint management of transboundary waters resources and peaceful cooperation with Nile Basin riparian countries. The directorate comprises three departments namely Water Resources Monitoring and Assessments, Water Resources Regulation and Water Quality Management.

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International and Transboundary Water Resource Management

Transboundary Water Resources Management Division which promotes transboundary regional cooperation for equitable and reasonable utilisation of the shared water resources of the Nile and Lake Victoria basins through active participation in the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) programmes and activities, as well as other international water resources management programmes (e.g. Global Water Partnership - GWP). 
The main activities include:

  1. Transboundary water resources management policy formulation, reviews, implementation and advice,
  2. Regional coordination of transboundary projects and programmes,
  3. Transboundary water resources management MIS and monitoring, and evaluation of transboundary projects and programmes, and
  4.   Raising awareness, capacity and confidence-building as well as capacity-building on transboundary water resources management issues.

Regulation and use of water resources in Uganda

Did you know that anybody abstracting water from a lake, river or underground using a motorized pump; discharging wastewater into the environment; involved in drilling for water; or construction of dams and other structures on water bodies is required to apply for a water permit according to the Water Act? If not then read more below or download the document here.