Water reforms drag WUC finances into red

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MAUN: The Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) incurred a loss of P21 million in the 2012 financial year largely due to costs associated with the Water Sector Reform Programme (WSRP).

WUC communications manager, Matida Mmipi says that costs soared significantly due to the fact that the corporation is taking over supplies to the vast rural area once served by the defunct Water Affairs Department (WAD).

She said that by the end of last year, water supplies to 364 villages had been taken over by the corporation under the programme. Only supplies to villages in Ngamiland have not come under WUC. Mmipi said WSRP soared WUC’s employee base by 55 percent from 1,832 in 2011 to 2,839 in 2012. Similarly the customer base grew from 144,000 in 2011 to over 222,000 in 2012.

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