ROLE OF WASREB IN LICENSING WATER SERVICES BOARDS
The Water Act 2002 gives Wasreb the mandate of licensing Water Services Boards. The Licence is therefore a statutory requirement which gives the Water Services Boards (WSBs) the power to provide water services. As tool for regulating the sector, the Licence sets out the conditions and targets of performance WSBs should to ensure quality in service provision.
Before being issued with a licence, a Water Services Boards (WSB) should satisfy Wasreb that:
- It has the technical and financial competence to provide water services
- It has a sound plan to expand infrastructure to facilitate to enable it provide efficient, affordable and sustainable water and sewerage services.
- It has set satisfactory performance targets, to improve services, and an acceptable tariff structure.
- It has agents to provide the water services on a commercial basis and in accordance with sound business principles
- It has held public consultation to obtain feed back from stakeholders in its demarcated area
- It has met any other requirements which the Regulatory Board considers necessary for service provision.
Under the Licence, Water Services Boards are empowered to do the following:
- Issue regulations (by-laws) stipulating conditions for water services provision in its area.
- Engage companies or other legal entities as agents to be known as Water Service Providers (WSPs) in accordance with the standards set by the Regulator in the Corporate Governance guideline
- Investment in the rehabilitation, expansion and maintenance of the water and sewerage infrastructure to increase coverage of water and sewerage services
- Provide potable water in the licensed area through its appointed agents
- Set minimum service levels for each agent in the provision of water and sewerage services,, have a timetable for achieving them, and enforce it.
- Monitor the cost of personnel of WSPs and have measures to keep them at acceptable limits As set by Wasreb
- Authorize the provision of water services by all small scale water operators in its licensed area to establish a system of monitoring the quality of water and sewerage services.
- Secure water zones to ensure that the water resources are not degraded, polluted or depleted in a manner that threatens the integrity of public water supplies.
- Establish and maintain a contingency fund for purpose of renewal, and improvement of assets.
The above conditions, contained in the licence, are meant to ensure efficiency and sustainability in the provision of water services.