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There are a significant number of references available on the hydrogeology reflecting the development of the National Water Development Plan funded by JICA. This included a thorough reassessment of the groundwater resources of Zambia.


There are 160 references available. Currently 35 of these are available to download in PDF format.

Key References


Molyneux (1909) mentions the occurrence of groundwater within Karoo-age strata in Northern Rhodesia. The development of groundwater resources of Northern Rhodesia was the responsibility of the Water Development and Irrigation Department as recorded in the annual reports during 1939-1959. This responsibility passed to the Department of Water Affairs in 1960 and continued after independence in 1964 with the Department of Water Affairs of Zambia. Both before and following independence, field mapping geologists included descriptions of groundwater occurrence within area geological memoirs. Simpson et al. (1963) specifically describe the groundwater resources of the Lusaka area. Hydrogeological studies undertaken within the Copper Belt region include those of Jones and Topfer (1972) of the Kabwe area and those of Adams (1974, 1976 and 1977) of the Ndola area.

JICA initiated groundwater development in Southern Province of Zambia in 1985, developments that continued during the 1988-2001 period. The groundwater resources of Zambia were assessed by the UNDP in 1989. Yachiyo Engineering (1995) were contracted by JICA to produce a National Water Development Master plan for Zambia, a study that included compilation of a national borehole database and the establishment of a country wide groundwater level monitoring system. Groundwater information availability in Zambia was again reviewed by Groundwater Consultants Bee Pee and SRK Consulting in 2002 as part of the SADC hydrogeological mapping project.