Botswana’s total annual water demand at 245 million cubic meters is expected to increase to 340 million cubic meters per year by 2035 Permanent Secretory (PS) in the Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services (MLWS) Bonolo Khumotaka has said.
She raised concern about the delay in awarding and completing of some water projects due to some being under litigation.
She told the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) that there is a prolonged turnaround time for awarding tenders and poor performance of contractors.
Khumotaka stated that her ministry is working on the Botswana Water Security Strategy which will address short, medium to long term solutions to water demand deficit countrywide.
She stated that her ministry has engaged key players to come up with a robust strategy to address the procurement impediments in the government procurement process and capacity building regarding project management.
For example, she said: “Implementation of Maun water supply and waste water projects have commenced following a challenging period of litigations.”
She said the ministry continues to undertake land servicing, water sanitation projects in different areas across the country in order to facilitate economic development. She added that the projects are either funded through the consolidated fund or loan from the World Bank.
“WUC continues to implement rehabilitation of projects within the water works area,” she said.
Khumotaka further stated that a total of 20 projects are implemented by project management office while Water Utilities is responsible for 22 projects.
She stated that the ministry has also, during the financial year 2019/2020 engaged consultants to work on the designs for Lobatse Water Supply Master Plan. She added that the project has been delayed, firstly due to slow progress by design consultant and added that it is secondly due to the need for consultations with the Lobatse-Boatle road project to accommodate the pipeline at the Game City and St Joseph’s interchanges.
She is of the view that the beneficiation of this project is however dependent on the completion and delivery of water into Greater Gaborone through Masama-Mmamashia progressing well. She said it was awarded at P781 million, 12 months, from April February 2012 and North South Carrier 2.2 projects.
She spoke of rehabilitation and upgrading of an existing plant which is ongoing in Shakawe. She added that the project is meant to increase capacity to meet heightened demand. She said the construction of the storage reservoir, pump station and pipeline are complete. She added that that installation of the treatment plant will follow and that it is planned to complete during the financial year 2020/2021.