The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Mr Senzo Mchunu, on Monday held consultations with Water Service Authorities in KwaZulu-Natal on the reconfiguration of two Water Boards in the province, namely, Umgeni and Mhlathuze Water, with the aim of establishing a single Water Board.
The consultations took place at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban and was attended by various Mayors within the KZN province.
Outlining the move towards the reconfiguration of the two Water Boards, Minister Mchunu said the main drive was to ensure adequate capacity in the water sector, with quality and skilled engineers, water management towards realising water security in the province.
He said a single water entity would be able to support the under-capacitated Water Services Authorities to meet the increasing water demands in the province.
“The single Water Board that we envisage needs to have the capacity to sustain itself with financial muscle, where it can raise money to render services on its own. The reality is that the expenditure to implement projects is too high, the demand of services is also too high. However, the delivery by Government institutions is too low and we need to fix this as a matter of urgency.
“The reconfiguration of Water Boards is a result of the National Water and Sanitation Summit that we held earlier this year and this is part of the resolutions and we are implementing”, he indicated.
Mchunu added that the review of the two Water Boards was set to address financial sustainability, servicing areas that are not currently serviced and institutional confusion caused by having multiple Water Boards serving the same province.