Water Resources Management
Water Resources Management publications, documents and reports. This folder includes sub-folders for the three departments under the Directorate of Water Resource Management, Water Quality Management Department, Water Resources Planning and Regulation Department, Water Resources Monitoring & Assessment Department.
Water Resources Monitoring & Assessment Department publications, documents and reports
Water Resources Planning and Regulation Department publications, documents and reports.
Water Quality Management Department documents and reports.
Environmental Impact Assessment guidelines for water resources related projects 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 download the whole document.
Fresh water is a finite but vulnerable resource that sustains life, development, and the environment. While Uganda’s water resources are quite abundant, with a mean annual rainfall of 1200 mm, flows from the Nile that exceed 25 km per year, and large combined storage capacity in Lakes Victoria, Albert, Edward and Kyoga, there is nevertheless a growing perception that future water scarcity may affect economic development and food security. This perception is strengthened by the countries rapid population growth, the uncertainties related to climate change, a severe hydrologic drought in recent memory (2004-2005) that lowered the level of Lake Victoria and compromised power production, and recent incidences of famine.
A Rapid Water Resources Assessment for Uganda was carried out in 1993-1994 but this no longer represents the current state of affairs and the existing information base. There is presently no comprehensive nationwide assessment of water availability and quality, or the hydrological implications of various water and agricultural development scenarios. Without such information, rational development and optimal use of the water resources for the benefit of the people of Uganda is not possible. Such information is also needed when determining a national position in the on-going negotiations on the allocation of the waters of the Nile amongst the countries in the river’s basin.
In view of the above, the Ministry of Water and Environment embarked on the preparation of a ’Water Resources Assessment, Strategies, and Plans for Water Resources Management and Development’ in Uganda.
The project was to be implemented in two phases: (1) the Water Resources Assessment phase, and (2) the Water Resources Strategy Development phase.
The overall objective of Phase 1 is to assess the available water resources of Uganda based on existing data and information, in order to set the stage for its management and role in national development. More specifically, the three main objectives of the study were to make a hydrological assessment that would examine the extent and quality of surface and ground water, to assess the present and future water use and pollution loads under different development scenarios, and to carry out a risk/vulnerability assessment, examining the likelihood of extreme hydrological events, and their consequences and possible mitigation measures. The results obtained during this phase will provide key inputs into Phase 2 of the project, the development of a National Water Resources Development and Management Strategy. These results will also provide an overall framework for the regulation and control of water abstraction and waste water discharge. The assessment has specifically taken into account the Nile transboundary context.
The Water Sources Protection Guidelines for Piped Water Supply systems describe
steps to follow to prepare a Water Source Protection Plan. The description in this Volume is derived from the overall Framework for Water Sources Protection Guidelines (Volume 1). The document emphasises those steps, actions and considerations that are particularly relevant to protecting a water source for a piped water supply scheme.
The Water Sources Protection Guidelines for Point Source Water Supply systems describe steps to follow to prepare a Water Source Protection Plan. The description in this Volume is derived from overall Framework for Water Sources Protection Guidelines (Volume 1). The document emphasises those steps, actions and considerations that are particularly relevant to protecting a water source for a piped water supply scheme.
This volume presents the Framework for Water Source Protection Guidelines; this is
then applied in four further volumes that give specific guidance for the following types of water infrastructure:
- Vol. 2: Piped water supplies (groundwater, surface water abstraction from lakes, rivers and reservoirs, gravity flow piped schemes from springs)
- Vol. 3: Point water supplies (point source abstractions from wells, boreholes, springs and surface water, generally in rural and peri-urban areas)
- Vol. 4: Multipurpose reservoirs and valley tanks (surface water impoundments and abstraction from rivers, lakes, reservoirs and surface runoff)
- Vol. 5: Hydroelectric Power Plants (hydroelectric dams, run-of-river hydroelectric power stations)
The Declining trends of water resources in Uganda - A Case study of River Rwizi, Lake Wamala, Lake Victoria Catchments and representative Groundwater Monitoring stations. The case study is prepared by Department of Monitoring and Assessment, Directorate of Water Resources Management, March 2011.
All individual hydrogeologists and hydrogeological/groundwater companies involved or planning to be involved in groundwater development activities for water supply in Uganda are therefore called upon to register with the Ministry of Water and Environment. Please note that individuals employed by or are directors in a company/firm should still register as individuals in addition to registration through their firms.
All individuals or firms that are registered for FY 2016/17 only need to submit a letter requesting for renewal. However, individuals who want to change their registration status will have to make fresh submissions, attaching a copy of current registration certificate.