Water Licence for Municipal Use

  1. Proof of land ownership of legal title to, or right to use, the property where the water source is situated;
  2. Certificate of Registration/Incorporation from the Corporate Affairs Commission, including present capital structure, stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder;
  3. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:10,000 or 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of water diversion;
  4. Well Drilling Data (in case of proposed or existing groundwater sources authenticated by a duly registered well-driller);
  5. Environmental Compliance Certificate or Certificate of Non-Coverage from the Federal Ministry of Environment; and
  6. Such other documents that may be required by the Commission.

Water Licence for Irrigation Use

  1. Proof of ownership of, legal title to, or right to use, the property where the water source is situated;
  2. For Irrigators Association, a certification from the relevant irrigation agency on the list of farmers with corresponding irrigable area in hectares;
  3. Certificate of Registration/Incorporation from the Corporate Affairs Commission with Articles of Incorporation (for Corporate entity or Association) including present capital structure stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder;
  4. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of diversion;
  5. General layout of the irrigation system, including delineation of area indicating hecterage for which water will be used and adjoining lands and their corresponding owners duly indicated relative to the point of diversion;
  6. Well Drilling Data (in case of proposed or existing groundwater sources);
  7. Environmental Compliance Certificate or Certificate of Non-Coverage from the Federal Ministry of Environment;
  8. Such other documents that may be required by the Commission.
  9. General Overview of the Project

An Irrigation and Drainage plan must include:

  1. A. Map of Proposed Development

A map of the proposed development is to be prepared, which clearly identifies:

  • property boundaries;
  • areas to be irrigated;
  • type and location of crops to be planted;
  • location of existing features e.g. buildings, roads, channels, drains, water storages, reuse systems;
  • location of water resources (including depth to groundwater);
  • location of proposed features; and
  • existing native vegetation, wetlands, and other environmental features.
  1. Topographical Survey

A topographical survey, including elevation data and suitable contours is to be prepared. Check-bank, flood and furrow irrigation system. Please, note the maximum slope allowable is 1:50.

  1. Soil Assessment

Either:

For pressurised irrigation systems anywhere and any form of irrigation on Aeolian Soils. (Pressurised irrigation systems include drippers, microjets, centre pivots, lateral move irrigators and fixed sprays. More detailed soil survey information is required on Aeolian Soil because they are extremely variable). (Reference to Catchment Management Plans in areas with soil of this nature).

  1. Soil Profile Survey:

Note:  The survey provides information, which will assist the designer to prepare an irrigation system capable of applying accurate irrigation depth to maximise productivity whilst reducing the risk of off-site impacts. Information required for the area proposed to be irrigated, to be provided on an overlay of the map of the property and soil data sheets, is as follows:

  • Soil Information to be obtained by a suitably qualified Soil Surveyor; information to be obtained at each site include:
Soil Texture of each layer Mottling
Depth of each layer Pedality
Depth of potential crop root zone Dispersion index
Readily available water Coarse fragments
Soil colour
  • Minimum pit depth of 1.5 metres or soil core to 1.8 metres;
  • Grid spacing of 75 metres by 75 metres (broader spacings may apply for less intensive agriculture); and
  • Measurements of pH and soil salinity (ECe) to be obtained at representative soil types. Soil salinites should be measured for each distinctive soil horizon to 1.5 metres.

OR:

  1. For Flood Irrigation Systems on Non-Aeolian Soils

Soil Survey:   Note:  the soil survey provides information that will help the developer determine the soil’s suitability for sustainable broadacre irrigation. Information required for the area proposed to be irrigated is to be provided on an overlay of the base map of the property and on data sheets. Soil samples are to be taken from cores dug every 150 metres by 150 metres or data from previously published soil maps that show:

  • Soil salinity for the subsoil (60-90cm depth) in dS/m ECe (maximum threshold of 4dS/m ECe); and
  • Soil permeability (infiltration rates) based on texture determinations (with a minimum requirement of a >30cm thick layer of >40% clay within the top 90cm of the soil surface).

The required information includes:

  • Soil layer and depth;
  • Any impervious layers;
  • Soil texture;
  • Hydraulic conductivity (permeability);
  • Soil pH;
  • Nutrient availability – nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.

For all cases (C and E) above:

Written Report

A written report must be provided, which includes:

  1. Description of topography and previous land use;
  2. Key aspects of climate;
  3. Soil profile descriptions;
  4. Factors affecting potential root-zone depth;
  5. Soil/Water interactions e.g. drainage, permeability and infiltration;
  6. Readily available water;
  7. Land capability;
  8. Soil amelioration proposals; and
  9. Hydrogeology – if the Authority requires it.

An overlay of soils grouped into similar irrigation management units is also required.

  1. Irrigation Design and Management

For all developments, the irrigation and drainage plan must show:

  • Anticipated crop water requirements and proposed maximum application rates;
  • Irrigation system specifications;
  • Map identifying delivery supply points and area to be irrigated; and
  • Proposed irrigation scheduling arrangements.

Additional Requirements for Horticultural Properties and for all Developments on Aeolian Soils:

The irrigation design must be completed by a certified irrigation designer in accordance with the following principles:

  • The irrigation system should be capable of applying an irrigation depth equivalent to or less than the readily available water of the soil, appropriate to the crop. Areas of similar readily available water are to be grouped as irrigation management units and supplied separately based on the results of the soil survey;
  • Flood and furrow irrigation should not occur where the calculated minimum depth that can be applied (taking into account infiltration rates, slopes, length of irrigation runs and discharge rate) exceeds the readily available water within the estimated crop root-zone;
  • A plan for monitoring nutrient balance and nutrient movement; and
  • A plan for monitoring groundwater depth and groundwater quality.
  1. Arrangement for Drainage Disposal

The irrigation and drainage plan must include an appropriate contingency drainage design. The need for a subsurface and/or surface drainage scheme and re-use system must be considered. A design is to be developed for the appropriate system(s) including the:

  • Volume of water to be collected;
  • Details of any approvals on-site disposal site and/or of any off-site disposal site;
  • Details of approvals for any proposed re-use schemes and/or irrigation storages;
  • Location of pumps, discharge or re-use points. If the weighted soil salinity is greater than 600EC, the irrigation and drainage plan must include a preliminary sub-surface drainage plan identifying an appropriate contingency area for evaporative disposal in the event that subsurface drainage is required. Any land identified as being required for evaporative disposal must not be developed for irrigation.
  1. Biodiversity Protection Arrangements

The irrigation and drainage plan must identify those parts if the property and adjacent land where the use of water for irrigation on the property poses direct and on-going risks to wetlands, native vegetation, or the habitat of native animals. For those areas, the irrigation and drainage plan must specify appropriate preventive measures, appropriate monitoring parameters, appropriate monitoring equipment, and appropriate locations for the equipment to be installed. The plan must also specify equipment maintenance standards, data reading, recording, reporting and auditing requirements, corrective action thresholds, corrective action procedures, and corrective action time limits.

Note:  The granting of a water-use licence does not remove the need to apply for any authorisation or permission necessary under any other Act with respect to anything authorised by the licence.

  1. Maximum Application Rates for Irrigation Water Use
  2. This document sets out the maximum application rates (in megalitres per hectare per year), which are to be used in conjunction with irrigated areas (in hectares) to determine annual use limits;
  3. These maximum application rates have been determined taking account of:
  4. All sources of water used on the property (including groundwater and surface water);
  5. Annual crop irrigation requirements (including evapotranspiration and leaching);
  6. Soil hydraulic conductivity; and
  7. Uniformity of water application/irrigation system efficiency.
  8. The principles and methodology that have been followed take into account crop water requirements consistent with “Crop Evaporation – Guidelines for Computing Crop Water Requirement”, FAO Irrigation and Drainage Paper 56;
  9. The maximum application rates set out in this Schedule take into account some regional considerations, notably variations in evapotranspiration and rainfall;
  10. Where the proponent can show, using the principles and methodology set out in the above publication, that – because of local conditions, special crops, or an individual irrigation and drainage system – the application rate can safely be higher than the relevant one set out here, then the Commission may employ rate in determining the annual use limit.

During the rainy season and in regions where there exist adequate rainfall to supplement irrigation, maximum application rates will in ML/ha, will vary. They will be calculated using the following formula:

  • Subtract average rainfall in the period October to April inclusive (measured in millimetres) (10% of years); then
  • Multiply the difference by a crop coefficient for the specified crop (either the crop coefficient set out in FAO Irrigation and Drainage Paper 56 or another reasonable coefficient approved by the Commission; then
  • Divide the product by 100 (to express the result in ML/ha).

Water Licence for Electric Power Generation

  1. Proof of ownership of, legal title to, or right to use the property where the water source is situated;
  2. Certificate of Registration/Incorporation from the Corporate Affairs Commission with Articles of Incorporation (for Corporation or Association) including present capital structure stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder;
  3. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:10,000 or 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of diversion;
  4. Brief description of the project stating among others, how water will be used, amount of water needed, power to be generated, etc;
  5. Environmental Compliance Certificate or Certificate of Non-Coverage from the Federal Ministry of Environment;
  6. Certificate of Registration from Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC); and
  7. Such other documents that may be required by the Commission.

A General Overview of the Project

Application for Hydropower Licences:

  • Site Map: Showing fuel delivery and storage locations, transmission evacuation site, water pipelines, gaseous, liquid and solid waste disposal areas, etc;
  • Location Map: Showing roads, Rail Lines, Transmission Lines, Rivers – Reservoirs, etc;
  • A principal single-line diagram of the project site;
  • Water supply and availability analysis for plant and staff use;
  • Decision to site;
  • Initial capacity;
  • Forecast future capacity and availability;
  • General dispatch/arrangement;
  • Evacuation arrangement;
  • Map showing proposed Dam Reservoir Area, Water conductor system, fore bay, power house, etc;
  • Information on area of village, forestland, agricultural land, etc submerged;
  • Turbine Type (Francis, Kaplan, Pelton);
  • Nominal Head (Metres);
  • Nominal Water Flow (M3/S) Turbine Capacity (MW);
  • Turbine Efficiency;
  • Hydro Governor Type;
  • Block diagram for the speed Governor;
  • Noise level; and
  • Manufacturer’s Name/Year of Manufacture/Warranty.

Water Licence for Industrial Use

  1. Proof of ownership of, legal title to, or right to use the property where the water source is situated;
  2. Certificate of Registration from the Corporate Affairs Commission with Articles of Incorporation (for Corporation or Association) including present capital structure stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder;
  3. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:10,000 or 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of diversion;
  4. Brief description of the project stating among others, how water will be used, amount of water needed, etc;
  5. Well Drilling Data (in case of proposed or existing groundwater sources);
  6. Environmental Compliance Certificate or Certificate of Non-Coverage from the Federal Ministry of Environment; and
  7. Such other documents that may be required by the Commission.

 Water Licence for Fisheries or Aquaculture

  1. Proof of ownership of, legal title to, or right to use the property where the water source is situated;
  2. Certificate of Registration from the Corporate Affairs Commission with Articles of Incorporation (for Corporation or Association) including present capital structure stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder;
  3. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:10,000 or 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of diversion;
  4. Brief description of the project stating among others, how water will be used, amount of water needed, etc;
  5. Well Drilling Data (in case of proposed or existing groundwater sources);
  6. Environmental Compliance Certificate or Certificate of Non-Coverage from the Federal Ministry of Environment;
  7. Clearance from existing Dam/Reservoir owners to relevant Government entities (for fisheries located upstream not within said existing Dam/Reservoir); and
  8. Such other documents that may be required by the Commission.

 Water Licence for Other Uses (Recreation, Commercial, Memorial Park, etc)

  1. Proof of ownership of, legal title to, or right to use the property where the water source is situated;
  2. Certificate of Registration/Incorporation from the Corporate Affairs Commission with Articles of Incorporation (for Corporation or Association) including present capital structure stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder;
  3. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:10,000 or 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of diversion;
  4. Brief description of the project stating among others, how water will be used, amount of water needed, etc;
  5. Well Drilling Data (in case of existing groundwater sources);
  6. Certificate of Portability (including physical and chemical analysis of water), as applicable;
  7. Environmental Compliance Certificate or Certificate of Non-Coverage from the Federal Ministry of Environment; and
  8. Such other documents that may be required by the Commission

  Water Licence for Livestock Raising

  1. Proof of ownership of, legal title to, or right to use the property where the water source is situated;
  2. Certificate of Registration/Incorporation from the Corporate Affairs Commission with Articles of Incorporation (for Corporation or Association) including present capital structure stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder;
  3. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:10,000 or 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of water;
  4. Brief description of the project stating among others, how water will be used, amount of water needed, etc;
  5. Well Drilling Data (in case of proposed or existing groundwater sources);
  6. Environmental Compliance Certificate or Certificate of Non-Coverage from the Federal Ministry of Environment; and
  7. Such other documents that may be required by the Commission.

 Other Requirements

  1. For Well Drilling – All application involving extraction of groundwater shall include the name of a duly registered well-driller, who will undertake the drilling;
  2. For Transfer of a Water Licence – A verified petition for the transfer of a water licence shall state the reasons for the transfer and shall attach the contract or agreement for the transfer;
  3. For Lease of a Water Right – A verified petition for the lease of a water Licence shall be accompanied by a duly executed contract of lease, provided that no contract of lease shall be for a continuous period exceeding five (5) years, otherwise the contract shall be treated as a transfer of Licence in favour of the leasee;
  4. For Bulk Water Supply – An agreement MOA/Joint Venture Agreement between the private water supplier and the buyer with specific purpose on how water will be used.