Water Resources Act, 1993

Water Resources Act, 1993

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The Water Resources Act seeks to promote the optimum planning, development and use of the Nigeria’s water resources and other matters connected therewith.

The Act vested the rights and control of water in the Federal Government. Such rights and control extends to;

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(I) The right to the use and control of all surface and groundwater and of any water-course affecting more than one State as described in the Schedule to this Act, together with the bed and banks thereof, are by virtue of this Act and without further assurance vested in the Government of the Federation for the purpose of-

(a) promoting the optimum planning, development and use of Nigeria’s water
resources;

(b) ensuring the co-ordination of such activities as are likely to influence the
quality, quantity, distribution, use and management of water;

(c) ensuring the application of appropriate standards and techniques for the investigation, use, control, protection, management and administration of water resources; and

(d) facilitating technical assistance and rehabilitation for water supplies.

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The Act was enacted on the 23rd August, 1993. It contains 21 Sections and a Schedule. The Act was amended in 2016 by the Water Resources (Amendment) Act, 2016.  By the powers conferred on the Minister of Water Resources by the Act, he made the Water Use and License Regulations, 2016. Water Use and License Regulations, 2016. 

Download each of the laws by clicking on the links below.

Click to download a copy of the Water Use and License Regulations, 2016. 

Click to download a copy of the Water Resources (Amendment) Act, 2016.

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