The Water Resources Authority became operational on April 1, 1996 as a result of the promulgation of the Water Resources Act 1995. The Act provides for the management,protection and controlled allocation and use of the water resources of Jamaica.
- The Authority, under Section 4 of the Act, carries out the following duties:
- It shall be the duty of the Authority to regulate, allocate, conserve and otherwise manage the water resources of Jamaica.
- Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Authority may, for the purposes of performing any of its functions under this Act, do anything and enter into any transaction which, in the opinion of the Authority, is necessary to ensure the proper performance of its functions.
- In particular, and without prejudice to the generality for the provisions of subsections (1) and (2), the Authority may –
- Obtain, compile, store and disseminate data concerning the water resources of Jamaica;
- Exercise planning functions as provided in this Act in relation to the Master Plan and Water Quality Control Plans;
- Allocate water resources in conformity with the provisions of this Act;
- Control the quality of water resources in accordance with the provisions of this Act;
- Provide to any department or agency of Government, at its request, technical assistance in respect of any projects, programmes or activities which relate to the development, conservation and use of water resources;
Perform such other functions relating to the management, conservation and use of water resources as may be assigned to it by or under this Act or any other enactment.