The DR Congo has plenty of water resources. The country is the wettest country on the African continent, with an average annual internal renewable water resources of 900 km3 per year, which represents almost a quarter of freshwater resources in Africa. This potential is huge and almost completely untapped. There are about thirty large rivers totaling over 20,000 km of shoreline. These waters flow into the Congo River. In 2000, water withdrawals were estimated at 356 million m3, including 112 million for agriculture (32%), 186 million for domestic use (52%) and 58 million for industry (16%). There is a high potential for irrigation farming and hydropower production, but the lack of modern equipment and lack of good management had led to wastage of the resources.
This section provides insights into projected climate change impacts on various hydrological indicators.