Deputy Water minister Dr Binilith Mahenge has said failure by five regional water utilities to get clean certificates for three consecutive years has been tarnishing the images of those water supply bodies.
In the circumstances, he has told the responsible boards to take appropriate measures for the water authorities’ heads.
The water authorities are Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (Dawasco) and Dar es Salaam Water and Sewage Authority (Dawasa), Mtwara Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Mtuwasa), Musoma Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Muwasa) and Songea Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Souwasa).
Dr Mahenge made the remarks yesterday in Dar es Salaam at the 13th annual general meeting on clean-water and environmental cleanness authorities, with a theme ‘To Build Capacity of Human Resources in Sustainable Service Delivering’.
The Deputy Minister said the authorities’ accounts reports show that all regional level authorities received clean certificates for the three consecutive years (of 2009 to 2011) save for Dawasco and Dawasa of Dar es Salaam, Mtwara Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Mtuwasa) of Mtwara, Musoma Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Muwasa) of Mara and Songea Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Souwasa) of Ruvuma.
“The urban water and sewage authorities are still facing myriad of challenges in their implementations, so the authorities’ boards must add more efforts in managing their operations to ensure that each of them gets qualified opinions,” he noted.
He added: “The authorities’ boards and management should build a culture of going through and discussing the prevailing challenges so that they can come with viable ways of solving the problems.”
Dr Mahenge asked the water authorities to ensure that their expenditures do not exceed the set budgets, adding that they should also build the capacity for the authorities to operate profitably.
However, he said boards have the duty to oversee the authorities and to make them operate transparently, adding that by observing the laid down laws and regulations they are going to get clean certificates.
He called upon the authorities to organise themselves and prepare procedures for purchasing bonds from various financial institutions so as to expand their activities.
For his part, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water, Christopher Sayi said the authorities’ accounts report is an essential mirror for the water bodies to assess their implementation.
“In 2010/11 the level of financial management dropped drastically in the five water utilities earning them dirty certificates,” he noted.
In order to improve water services in urban areas, he said, Dawasco and Dawasa have signed lease pacts for water service infrastructures on March 15, this year.
Meanwhile, the deputy minister has commended Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (Ewura) for doing a good job in regulating water services.
For his part Ewura Principal Communications and Public Relations Officer Titus Kaguo has said the utilities performances were analysed for the period of three years of 2008/2009 to 2010/2011.
“Averages of the total scores during the three years were used to rank the utilities’ performances, whereby Arusha Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (WSSA) emerged the best overall performer in water provision followed by Tanga Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (Tanga WSSA) and Moshi Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (Moshi WSSA) for the three years of implementation of the of the Performance Agreement (PA),” he said.
He added that at the same time, Moshi WSSAs has emerged the overall best performer for three years in the provision of sewerage services followed by Dodoma and Mbeya WSSAs.
Kaguo said Lindi WSSA has been the least performer in the provision of water services. Other utilities that showed poor performance during the period under review are Bukoba and Musoma WSSAs.