The Water Resources Authority (WRA) is responsible for the management, protection, and controlled allocation and use of Jamaica's water resources.  The WRA maintains a hydrological database and provides data, information, and technical assistance to government and non-government institutions.


To ensure the sustainability of Jamaica's water resources through continual assessment and proper management, promotion of conservation and protection, and optimal development of these resources.  To ensure rational and equitable allocation of the nation's water resources and to reduce conflicts among water users.


The major activities of the Water Resources Authority (WRA) include hydrologic data collection, compilation, and analysis; water resources investigation, assessment, and planning; water resources allocation; and environmental monitoring and impact assessment.

  1. Water resources allocation through licensing of surface and underground water abstractions.
  2. Licensing of well drilling and altering of wells.
  3. Assessment of water resources for agricultural and housing developments.
  4. Selection of solid and hazardous waste disposal sites; cemetery sites and other waste disposal sites.
  5. Groundwater pollution risk mapping.
  6. Flood plain mapping.
  7. Hydrological forecasting.
  8. Preparation of water management plans to satisfy national development objectives.

Recent Post

This Environmental Management Framework (EMF) is prepared for Investment Proposal I (IP I) of the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) in Jamaica. Entitled The Improving Climate Data and Information Management Project, (ICDIMP) the IP I, states the development objective is to improve the quality and use of climate related information for effective planning and action at local and national levels.

1. Volume 37 Issue 2 (March/April 2014) of World Water (Formerly World Water & Environmental Engineering). This issue contains an article on "Water management strategy to minimize corporate risks."

2. The United Nations World Water Development Report 2014 on Water and Energy: Volume 1. This report was produced in keeping with the 2014 World Water Day theme "Water and Energy.