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Rwanda water resources are under increasing pressure. We need to use them efficiently, effectively and wisely if we want to build a sustainable bright future for ourselves and upcoming generations. In order to do this, we need to know how much water is used, by whom, and where. Once we know this, we will be able to measure it against how much water is actually available for use. In some areas we will then find that there is still extra water that can be made available for use. In other areas we will find that there is already more water being used than the water resources can provide without considerable damage to the aquatic ecosystems.

The water Law n°49/2018 of 13/08/2018 Determining the Use and Management of Water Resources in Rwanda, gives the Rwanda Water Resources Board the tools to gather the information that we need for the optimal management of our water resources. The water permits system is one of these tools.

Why Water Permit?

Benefits of having a water permit

How do I apply for?

For each Application:

Step 1:Download the apllication form(English or Kinyarwanda)

Step 2:Fill in the application form

Step 3:Send it to

NOTE:You will be notified when RWB receives your application

The email address you use on the application will be used for any official communication between the Rwanda Water Resources Board and the Water User. So please use an email address you check frequently

Offences and Penalties

Any person who uses water or carries out a water-related activity without a water use permit as required. Upon conviction, he or she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than two (2) months and not more than three (3) months. A fine of five hundred thousand Rwandan francs (FRW 500,000) or only one of these penalties.


The use of water resources in different activities and installations susceptible to modify the flow or the level of water or to degrade their quality, or to threaten water related ecosystems, wetlands and the environment are subjected to water use permit.