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Functions of Basin Water Board

The Ministry responsible for Water and LRBWB signed MoU to increase efficiency by consolidating and enhancing the technical and financial sustainability of operations of BWOs. Both parties agreed to cooperate, consistent with their respective mandates and missions, to work towards "enhanced water resources management capacities that minimize risk and vulnerability through the promotion of integrated water resources planning, development and management at all levels". The MoU intends to be an enabling framework for the Water Resources Management within the basin in order to achieve the efficient and harmonious implementation of activities in accordance with the Operational Guidelines, Financial Utilization Agreement, and the Programme Implementation Manual (PIM).

The obligations and functions have been clustered and summarized into the following main strategic objectives which are discussed in details below.

Application Forms Download

Below are the Forms That are currently available for download
User Permit
Brochure "How to apply for a water permit"


General objective of the Basin

The broad objective of LRBWB is to ensure a sustainable availability of safe water resources in the Basin through stakeholders’ involvement using strategies laid down under Tanzania Development Vision 2025, MDGs and MKUKUTA.

The main objective of LRBWB is to develop equitable, optimum, integrated and sustainable water resources by developing sound water Resources Management and Development through strengthening water resources plan framework, promoting good governance of the Resource by empowering water users, encouraging participation and transparent decision making, developing water-ship to user level grant up source water rights.

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Policy and Laws

The law that governs the management of water in the aspects of utilisation in the country can be traced way back during the colonial rule; under the German and the British rule.

The last Ordinance before independence was No. 3 of 1959, which was repealed by the Act no. 42 of 1974 Water Utilisation (Control and Regulation) and its subsequent amendments Act No. 10 of 1981, Act No. 17 of 1989 and Act No. 8 of 1997.

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