Umgeni Water to merge with Mhlathuze for efficiency

In efforts to improve water supply efficiency in KZN, uMgeni Water will merge with Mhlathuze to form one Regional Water Board.
In efforts to improve water supply efficiency in KZN, uMgeni Water will merge with Mhlathuze to form one Regional Water Board.

THE Umgeni and Mhlathuze water boards in KwaZulu-Natal will be established into a single effective Regional Water Board as the Department of Water and Sanitation implements the rationalisation of water services and water management institutions to improve their effeciency.

The rationalisation, which is in line with the Institutional Reforms and Realignment (IRR) project, follows recommendations of the Presidential Review Committee on State Owned Entities and Companies.

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“Currently there are two water boards in KwaZulu-Natal, and in order to enhance the supply of water in the province, it was found prudent to realign these and establish a single effective Regional Water Board to improve service delivery and to expand in the un-serviced areas, especially in the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal. This would enable both water boards to consolidate their assets and skills for key rural infrastructure development projects,” the department said.

The department added that this initiative shall ensure positive socio-economic impacts for the entire KwaZulu-Natal Province.

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“The primary driver for creating fewer, stronger water boards with larger geographic footprints is that they can play a much more effective role in the financing, management and delivery of regional water infrastructure and support municipalities in providing water services. This will result in more effective delivery of services and cross subsidisation especially in rural areas,” the department said.

The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, will announce the de-establishment of Mhlathuze Water and transferring of staff, assets and liabilities into Umgeni Water.

The retionalisation will also see the name of Umgeni Water change into KwaZulu-Natal Water Board.


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