Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR)
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FAQs
Water
  1. What necessitated the implementation of the Water Sector Reforms?
  2. The National Water Master Plan Review (NWMPR) of 2005-2006 recommended a major restructuring of the water sector which includes, amongst others, the separation of water resources management from water service delivery. The Office of the President has also directed that the water sector be reformed such that only two organizations should result. Following this, the Government engaged the World Bank to work with the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources to rationalize the water sector. It is from this study that the Water Utilities Corporation will be taking over all water service delivery in the country.

  3. Which villages are going to be taken over as part of the reforms?
  4. According to the plan, the Water Utilities Corporation will take over all potable water services in the country in the next three years and all waste water services in the next five years, effective 2009.

  5. Which villages will be taken over first?
  6. As to which village will be taken over when, will be dependent on a various factors, eg it will be prudent to take over villages with inter-linked water supply schemes at the same time.

  7. How long is the process going to take?
  8. According to the plan, the Water Utilities Corporation will take over all potable water services in the country in the next three years and all waste water services in the next five years, both effective 2009.

  9. Are the water tariffs in the villages taken over going to change?
  10. The tariffs in the villages taken over will not change immediately as a result of the Water sector Reforms. If any changes do happen, they will not be directly linked to the reforms.

  11. Does the Water Utilities Corporation have the capacity to take over the whole country?
  12. The Corporation will be taking over some employees from DWA and District Councils who have been working in those areas, in the event that they do not manage to fill all positions they will recruit within WUC and eventually from the open market.

  13. What will become of the Department of Water Affairs?
  14. The Water Utilities Corporation will be responsible for water and waste water service delivery. The Department of Water Affairs will thus be responsible for water resources planning and management which will encompass amongst other things, the construction of dams.

  15. What will happen to DWA and District Council Water Units employees?
  16. The Water Utilities Corporation will advertise and appoint those employees from the DWA and District Councils who qualify. Those who are not absorbed by WUC in this respect will remain with their current employers. They may be re-deployed within the department or to any other government department.

  17. Are DWA/Council employees going to be retrenched as a result of the reforms?
  18. Those not absorbed by WUC will remain will DWA or District Councils or be re-deployed to other government departments.

  19. Do customers in the villages taken need to sign new water supply agreements with the Water Utilities Corporation?
  20. WUC signs water supply agreements with all its customers and following the takeover from DWA and District Councils, it wants to ensure that all its new customers have an agreement with the new water supplier.

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