Legislation, Policies and Regulations
Legislation, policies, strategies, regulations and guidelines which are guiding the activities of the water and environment sectors. Subsector specific manuals and guidelines are uploaded under the specific activity areas.
THE WATER ACT.
Commencement: 7 April, 1997
An Act to provide for the use, protection and management of water resources and supply; to provide for the constitution of water and sewerage authorities; and to facilitate the devolution of water supply and sewerage undertakings.
Lake Victoria and other water resources in the basin have experienced severe threats that are impacting negatively on the socio-economic and intrinsic values, contributing to annual losses amounting to millions of dollars. Given the various types of potentially competing uses the Lake Victoria and other water resources in the basin are supporting, their sustainable management poses a challenging task. Although these resources require appropriate policy interventions, such as the ones proposed for regulating releases from the lake, their management also requires harmonised laws and regulations.
The overall objective of the study is to harmonise policies, laws and regulations governing utilization of water resources in the Lake Victoria Basin among the EAC Partner States.
The Government of Uganda is committed towards sound management and sustainable utilization of water and environment resources for the present and future generation. Accomplishing the above calls for understanding and addressing the unequal power relations and the different roles, responsibilities, capabilities and needs of women, men, girls, boys and other vulnerable groups during the development process. In Uganda, women and girls are the major water collectors, users and managers in homes. They are also the major promoters of household and community sanitation activities. They therefore bear the impact of inadequate, deficient or inappropriate water and sanitation services. Men however still dominate the arena of planning and decision making regarding water and sanitation development and women’s views are often under-represented, implying that women’s practical and strategic needs are not addressed.
This Client Service Charter is a social contract between the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), as a service provider and its clients/service users.
It specifies standards for the delivery, which MWE believes its clients/service users have a right to expect, and sets out feedback and complaint handling mechanisms.
This charter has been developed through consultations with MWE clients/service users and staff. MWE commits itself to report annually to all her stakeholders including Parliament on its performance against this charter.
The Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) has invested in the use of Information Technology (IT) as a facilitator for the delivery of its services. These computing facilities are essential for the MWE's functions and thus need to be governed to ensure their optimal performance. The use of IT resources is governed by this policy and strategy, as well as by related policies in MWE and is in line with the national ICT Policy. These policies complement and supplement rather than replace other policies concerning appropriate conduct of staff.
The National Water Policy promotes a new integrated approach to manage the water resources in ways that are sustainable and most beneficial to the people of Uganda. This new approach is based on the continuing recognition of the social value of water, while at the same time giving much more attention to its economic value. Allocation of both water and investments, in water using schemes, aims at achieving the maximum net benefit to Uganda from its water resources now and in the future.
The Water Resources Regulations, No. 33/1998.
The Water (Waste Discharge) Regulations, No. 32/1998.
(Under Section 107 of the Water Act, Cap 152)
[17th April 1997]
Water Sector Guidelines providing the framework under which the water and sanitation sector is operating. This Sectorial Specific Schedules and Guidelines is an update of the 2004 Water and Sanitation Framework.