Govt calls stakeholders to come up with fair fees economic water users

14Aug 2018
James Kandoya
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Govt calls stakeholders to come up with fair fees economic water users

MINISTER of Water Prof Makame Mbarawa has called on water stakeholders in the country to come up with fair fees for economic water users especially bottling industries that can increase the national revenues.

MINISTER of Water Prof Makame Mbarawa

He made the call at the official opening of the water stakeholders meeting to discuss water fees charged to the bottling industries in the country which was held in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

The meeting involved Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI) members, senior officials from the government and local government authorities, District Executive Director (DED), and members from the Wami/Ruvu basin water board.

He said currently, the water resources management Act No 11 of 2009 requests among others the economic water users to pay a fee amounts to 10/- per litre for the bottling industries in the country.

The minister added that despite of all the facts, there was no enforcement from authorised bodies on one hand while on the other hand bottling industries did not pay their accrued hence the government loses huge revenues.

He said despite the Water Resources Management Act No 11 Of 2009 that among others demands economic users to pay water fees, little had been paid from the economic users bottling dealers.

“We have the law, yet none of them pay water fees of 10/- per litter. Due to that I have so far directed the Wami/Ruvu basin water board to discuss with water stakeholders to come up with recommendations,” he said.

For his part, the Assistant Director of Water Resources (Planning, Research and development) Dr George Lugomela said poor payment of water use fees and environment degradation of the water sources mainly contributed by poor sewage system in the country.

“It is our hope that we, stakeholders gathered here will have enough time to discuss water resource fees charged to bottling industries and the sewage systems from their facilities in order to improve and develop the water resources management in the Wami/Ruvu basin water,” he said.

Masasi food industries owners Charles Zacharia called for a review of the fees charged to bottling industries as they requested earlier to the government because it increases operation costs.

He said in this case, the government was more profit oriented while they were services oriented adding that the review of the fees/rates charged could at least lower it and therefore reduce the prices of the products.

Wami/Ruvu basin officer Engineer Simon Ngonyani said it is compulsory for all water users to pay their fees as per law states adding that contrary to that it was an offence.

He said when the price was set up, all stakeholders were involved and therefore it was nonsense for them to reject paying the water fees as requested by the Water Resources Management Act No 11 of 2009.

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