Government intends to introduce a tariff for the use of raw water sometime next year, after consulting all stakeholders, ZNBC reported. Water, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Permanent Secretary Ed Chomba explained that the consultative period will result in a pricing structure for various purposes, such as environmental, agricultural, municipal and industrial usage. Government hopes that the new system will help it to manage water resource in Zambia efficiently, sustainably and beneficially. Currently, users of raw water do not pay anything for the volume they consume, apart from an annual water right fee.