Bore­hole regis­tra­tion dead­line ex­tended

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

WATER Re­sources Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (WARMA) has ex­tended the dead­line for regis­tra­tion of bore­holes from Septem­ber 30, 2018 to March 31, 2019, act­ing di­rec­tor gen­eral Lemmy Na­mayanga has said.

Mr Na­mayanga said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that the dead­line had been ex­tended be­cause of the over­whelm­ing re­sponse in the last two weeks of the dead­line of peo­ple want­ing to reg­is­ter their bore­holes. He said WARMA had so far regis­tered 10,106 ex­ist­ing bore­holes fol­low­ing the is­suance of Statu­tory In­stru­ment No. 20 on reg­u­lat­ing ground­wa­ter and bore­holes. "The ex­ten­sion only af­fects regis­tra­tion of ex­ist­ing bore­holes drilled be­fore the reg­u­la­tions came into be­ing. WARMA will pe­nal­ize any­one found drilling with­out au­thor­ity," Mr. Na­manyanga said. Mr. Na­manyanga said 93 drilling com­pa­nies had so far been li­censed and a to­tal of 5,152 ap­pli­ca­tions to drill bore­holes were made in which 15 were re­jected. He said the statis­tics cover the cur­rent na­tional sta­tus of the bore­hole regis­tra­tion ex­er­cise which started on March 9, 2018 fol­low­ing the is­suance of the Statu­tory In­stru­ment. WARMA was putting in place mea­sures to fa­cil­i­tate easy regis­tra­tion and in­spec­tions of bore­holes coun­try­wide, he said. And Mr Na­mayanga also said that the re­quire­ment for ap­pli­cants to sub­mit co­or­di­nates of their bore­holes was in­tended to cap­ture the ex­act po­si­tion of the bore­holes to reg­u­late against drilling within a 30 me­ters ra­dius be­tween bore­holes in an ef­fort to pro­tect the water re­source from de­ple­tion. He said the essence of the co­or­di­nates was to cap­ture the po­si­tion of a par­tic­u­lar bore­hole, as the law did not al­low the drilling of bore­holes within a 30 me­ters ra­dius. "It is only the co­or­di­nates that will give an idea of where that bore­hole will to be drilled. And we can as­sess if there is an ex­ist­ing bore­hole within a ra­dius of 30 me­ters, the idea is to man­age the re­source," he said. Mean­while, WARMA Act­ing Di­rec­tor for Water Re­sources Man­age­ment and In­for­ma­tion Os­car Silembo said the re­quire­ment for co­or­di­nates should not be a source of worry for mem­bers of the pub­lic and the au­thor­ity could as­sist those with­out the fig­ures.

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