The Water Resources Commission (WRC) was established in 1996 with the mandate to regulate and manage Ghana's water resources and co-ordinate government policies in relation to them. Ownership and control of all water resources are vested in the President on behalf of the people, and the WRC is defined as the overall body responsible for water resources management in Ghana. The Commission, which provides a forum for integration and collaboration of different interests, is composed of the major stakeholders involved in the water sector.
The responsibilities of WRC, can be categorized as:
- Processing of water rights and permits;
- Planning for water resources development and management;
- Collating, storing and disseminating data and information on water resources in Ghana;
- Monitoring and assessing activities and programmes for the utilisation and conservation of water resources.