Detailed Design and Construction Supervision for Hydrological Stations and an Integrated Water Resources Management Information System (IWRMIS)

The existing hydrological measuring station network in Zambia has deteriorated since the early 90s. Poor quality of available hydrological data makes water management and data utilisation difficult. The objective of the project was the establishment of an Integrated Water Resources Management Information System (IWRMIS) that allows Zambian water users and institutions to extract the required information in order to adapt water resource management to climate change. Water information is collected by various institutions in Zambia. Up to now, the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) has held the main responsibility for water resource management as well as collection and processing of hydrological data, while the Zambia Meteorological Department (ZMD) is responsible for collecting and processing rainfall data and other relevant meteorological information. Rainfall information is additionally collected by volunteers. With the enforcement of the new Water Resources Management Act, a newly established Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA) will be responsible for water resource management and operation of the IWRMIS.

Actual services provided by our staff within the assignment:
The provided services under the contract include the assessment of existing hydrological measuring stations; digitisation of historical data; data quality analysis; detailed design, procurement and construction supervision for rehabilitation measures of the hydrological stations; specifications and detailed design of required IT infrastructure and data transmission facilities (hard- and software for the IWRMIS) specifications.

Name of client: Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development (MMWED) / KfW
Start date (month/year): 06/2013
Completion date (month/year): 12/2013