Directorate of Water Resource Management

Awoja Catchment, Soroti District

The Directorate of Water Resources Management (DWRM) is responsible for managing and developing water resources of Uganda in an integrated and sustainable manner in order to provide water of adequate quantity and quality for all social and economic needs for the present and future generations. The Directorate comprises of four departments namely Water Resources Monitoring and Assessment Department, Water Resources Planning and Regulation Department, Water Quality Management Department and the International Transboundary and Water Affairs Department.  DWRM was established in July 2007 after the restructuring of the new Ministry of Water and Environment.


The government of Uganda in addressing its development challenges places great
importance on environmental safeguards as evidenced in the numerous policies and laws
instituted to guide the sustainable use of natural resources. Important of these is the National
Environment Management Policy under which environmental management issues are based
with further guidance from other legal frameworks including the Environment Impact
Assessment (EIA) guidelines and other tools developed by the National Environment

Catchment based Water Resources Management (CbWRM)

Water resources support key sectors of the economy namely hydropower generation, agriculture,fisheries, domestic water supply, industry, navigation etc. However, efficiency and sustainability of intervention under these sectors has recently been a concern in Uganda mainly due to inadequate sectoral collaboration in planning and implementation, increasing frequency of floods and droughts, environmental degradation and pollution of water resources.

JWESSP-II 2018-2023

The Joint Water and Environment Sector Support Programme (JWESSP) phase two 2018 - 2023 is a successor to the JWESSP 2013 – 2018 and builds on its achievements. The JWESSP phase two will be implemented by the Government of Uganda, represented by the Ministry of Water and Environment, with harmonised support from the water and environment sector Development Partners. The programme will help the sector to achieve its targets and improve its performance through consistent and harmonised support that is aligned to government objectives, policies and delivery modalities.

Licensed Drilling Permits Holders July 2017/June 2018

The general public is informed that all those involved in the business of drilling boreholes in Uganda have to apply for DRILLING PERMITS before they embark on any water well drilling activities. Drilling Permits are issued annually (1st  July to 30th  June) after submitting an application to the Director, Directorate of Water Resources Management and meeting all requirements for engaging in borehole drilling activities in Uganda. The following is therefore a list of companies with valid drilling permits for the  period 1st  July 2017 to 30th  June 2018.