11 May 2012

Tanzania: Dar Water Connection Increase By 17 Percent

DAR ES SALAAM water connections have increased by 17 per cent last year, a shift from 232,662 in 2010 to 272,750 in 2011, according to a new Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) performance report.

The EWURA performance review report for 2011 presented at the national 13th Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Water Authorities in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, covers performance of water authorities countrywide for the last three years.

The report, which gives fresh insights into how water authorities perform, notes that over the past three years the total water production for regional authorities increased from 11012 million cubic metres in 2008 to 2009 to 117.13 million cubic metres in 2010 to 2011.

It notes that over the same period, the water demand also increased by 26 per cent neutralizing the improvements in water production. Consequently, the ratio of water production to water demand for regional authorities has decreased from 72 per cent in 2009 to 61 per cent in 2011.

The reports also notes that for DAWASCO water production was reported to have decreased by three per cent in the past three years while water demand has increased by 11 per cent. Consequently, water production to water demand ratio has decreased from 58 per cent in 2009 to 51 per cent in 2011.

The EWURA report shows that on the whole, water connections in Dar es salaam has impacted a 17 per cent increase in the DAWASCO revenues from 36.9bn/- to 43bn/- in 2011."Nevertheless, when compared to the previous year, the revenue collections reduced by 4.5 per cent from 27.03bn/- to 25.8bn/-," the report notes.

The report covers comparative performance analysis and performance ranking 19 Regional Water and Sewerage Authorities and performance analysis of Dar es Salaam Water Supply and Sewerage Corporation.EWURA Director General, Mr Haruna Masebu, said the report aims at assisting WSSAs in indentifying their strengths and weaknesses and comparing their performance with the best practices existing within the country in order to uncover potential partnerships for improving performance.

The report offers the public an overview of the current status of operations of the water supply and sanitation authorities in the country for effective and efficient investment projects in the sector.The regional authorities were assessed in terms of performance indicators in technical operations, business and commercial operations, financial operations and their compliance and requirements.

It notes that commendable improvements were reported by most regional authorities though they showed unsatisfactory performances with regard to water service coverage.

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