Water regulatory body inaugurated

03 Jun 2017 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 01 JUN (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has set up its first-ever water regulatory body, known as the Water Regulator of Namibia (WRN).
The body has five members, with former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Joseph Iita as chairperson.
The other members are Nathalia /Goagoses, who is the chief regional officer at the Erongo Regional Council; Petrus Maritz, who worked for the Department of Water Affairs; Olga Katjiuongua who is an economic and finance expert and Luther Rukira, managing director of Aqua Services and Engineering, a water works equipment supplier.
The members will serve for a period of five years.
Officially inaugurating the WRN during a media conference here Thursday, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa said the body will start by drafting a water pricing policy which will determine the prices for services in the water sector.
He added that it will particularly determine fees and charges, or the maximum tariffs that may be levied by a water services provider or other supplier of water including the State, for the supply or distribution of water and the provision of wastewater services and other associated services.
After negotiation and by agreement with a water service provider or other water supplier, it will set the operational targets to be achieved by the water services provider or supplier during a specified period, including targets for the level and standard of services.
The WRN will also monitor the performance of water services providers and other suppliers and evaluate their efficiency with respect to achieving the operational targets set.
Mutorwa further told the gathering the WRN will advise the minister on any matter relating to compliance by a provider or supplier with its services plan and conservation and demand management strategies.
According to the Water Resources Management Act of 2013, the five members must have skills and experience in the fields of water services issues, including costing, calculating prices or setting of tariffs and assessment of the operational efficiency of service providers.
The skills should also include resource management, water engineering, finance, trade and economy, law, business management, social science and environmental management, including water conservation.