The Water Utilities Corporation has embarked on the second phase of the project in which it is taking over water supplies and distributions from the Water affairs Department.
From February 1st, villages like Ramotswa, Otse, Taung and Mogobane will be supplied by the WUC as phase II of the water sector reforms program that commenced in May 2009, kicks off.
In Phase I of the program WUC took over water supplies to villages like Mogoditshane, Gapatshwa, Mantsie, Mmopane, Gabane, Mmokolodi and Tloaneng.
Villagers in the new villages will be expected to sign a water supply agreement with WUC. The agreement is an initiative from WUC, and it highlights the operational variations between the WUC and DWA or district councils.
WUC has plans to take over all the portable water services in the country within the next three years. It recently unveiled a chart of the villages that are to be involved in the takeover process.
The takeover is planned in such a way that districts and sub-districts will be treated as clusters and taken over as a whole where possible. Villages with inter-linked water supply schemes may be taken over at the same time. There are currently 12 clusters drawn under the take-over process. The whole process will involve about 52 villages.
Mochudi falls under Cluster 3, which comprises of 8 other villages, cluster 4 consists of Palapye alone; cluster 5 has Mathangwane and other 6 villages while cluster 6 includes Tonota and 8 other villages.
The water sector reforms program is an initiative of the 2006 National Water Master Plan Review (NWMPR), in which restructuring of the water sector was recommended. The main aim of the new project is to separate water resources management from water service delivery.
The government of Botswana, through the Ministry of Minerals Energy and Water Resources, approached the World Bank to seek resources for assistance with rationalizing the water sector. It was through this intervention that Water Utilities Corporation became the sole benefactor of all water and waste water service delivery throughout Botswana.
The DWA will thence focus on water resources planning and management, which will include the planning and construction of new dams.
Before the 2006 program, there had been other existing companies offering water supplies services.WUC was mostly centred on supplying water in cities and towns. Where it couldn’t reach, it supplied the DWA and district councils with bulk water for further distribution.