The Water Resource Management Authority (WRMA) is a state corporation under the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources established under the Water Act 2002 and charged with being the lead agency in water resources management.
The Authority shall have the following powers and functions:—
- to develop principles, guidelines and procedures for the allocation of water resources;
- to monitor, and from time to time reassess, the national water resources management strategy;
- to receive and determine applications for permits for water use;
- to monitor and enforce conditions attached to permits for water use;
- to regulate and protect water resources quality from adverse impacts;
- to manage and protect water catchments;
- in accordance with guidelines in the national water resources management strategy, to determine charges to be imposed for the use of water from any water resource;
- to gather and maintain information on water resources and from time to time publish forecasts, projections and information on water resources;
- to liaise with other bodies for the better regulation and management of water resources;
- to advise the Minister concerning any matter in connection with water resources.
In order for WRMA to undertake its stipulated responsibilities, the Act provides for decentralized and stakeholder involvement. This will be implemented through regional offices of the Authority based on drainage basins (catchment areas) assisted by Catchment Area Advisory Committees (CAACs). At the grassroots level, stakeholder engagement will be through Water Resource User Associations (WRUAs).