It is a statutory water management institution that manages both ground and surface water resources (i.e. dams, rivers, wells and boreholes in the upper part of the Manyame catchment) through an Act of Parliament.

No, Upper Manyame sub-catchment Council is a product of the Water Act of 1998 ,(CHAPTER 20:24) enacted by the Parliament of Zimbabwe for water use monitoring and planning.

It covers all Harare’s suburbs excluding (Hatcliffe, Chisipite, Chishawasha, Glenlorne, Borrowdale Brooke, and part of Mandara.)  Chitungwiza, Seke, Norton, part of Chihota , Nyabira, Epworth, , Ruwa, Grasslands, Gwebi, Darwendale.

  • Processing and recommending water use applications to the Catchment Council
  • Resolving water related conflicts
  • Monitoring water use
  • Promote catchment protection through monitoring and controlling all catchment degrading activities
  • Carrying out research work and data collection with regard to water resources
  • Education and awareness on water use

Every one using water from boreholes, wells, dams and rivers within Upper Manyame boundary.

Visit the offices or apply online (link not yet available):

Ground Water

  • An authority to drill a borehole before drilling
  • Registration of water use from boreholes, wells, dams and rivers to attain a permit
  • Storage permits for water in reservoirs

Surface Water

  • Visit our offices for the initial application.
  • It is a legal requirement (Water Act of 1998, CAP 20:24)
  • To enable equitable allocation, distribution of the finite and fully committed water resources
  • To ensure that you get an allocation on the limited and committed surface and ground water bodies
  • You will be part of a properly managed system, hence protected from the unsactioned activities and exploitation of the water resources
  • Reduced water use disputes
  • Access to water
  • Unregistered use of ground and surface water
  • Interfere with UMSCC officers performing Subcatchment council duties
  • Tempering with dam outlets and valves without authority from the Subcatchment council
  • Failure to renew expired permits
  • Drilling boreholes or erection of a dam without authority from the Subcatchment council
  • Abstracting more than the permitted quantity of water by the Subcatchment council
  • Interfere with the flow of water of any water works or public stream without the Subcatchment council’s consent
  • Uneconomical use of water of a public stream or water works leading to unwarranted waste of the resource
  • Default on levies


Upper Manyame Sub Catchment Council (UMSCC) is a statutory water management body in Zimbabwe established by an Act of Parliament; Water Act of 1998 (Chapter 20:24) under the auspices of the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement

Contact Us

Upper Manyame Sub-Catchment Council
No. 9 Connaught Avenue, Newlands, Harare
P O Box 1892, Harare
Tel : +263-242-776773/746376
Email: admin@uppermanyame.co.zw


We accept the following payment: