Eastern water to introduce performance based contracts

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company is to introduce performance based contracts this year for its workers.

This is expected to address issues of unretired impress, missing payment vouchers and poor record keeping as cited in the auditor general’s report.

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company Managing Director, Lytone Kanowa said this when he appeared before the parliamentary public accounts committee yesterday.

Mr. Kanowa stated that there is need for the company to introduce performance based contracts and build capacity among members of staff to improve capacity.

He further stated that the company needs restructuring to ensure multi-skilling to get the most out of personnel.

Mr. Kanowa also disclosed that from its 2015-2017 business plan, the company only achieved 55 per cent of the plan while non-revenue water stood at 38 per cent instead of 25 per cent.

Meanwhile commercial water utility companies in the country have been operating without boards for some time now.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Water Development Eddy Chomba says that establishment of boards has been delayed because of the moving of commercial water utilities from Ministry of Local Government to Ministry of Energy and Water Development.

Speaking when he appeared before the parliamentary public accounts committee, Bishop Chomba, who was inquired over the delay to set up boards, noted that the boards will be put in place this year.

Various members of the parliamentary committee expressed concern that all utility water companies in the country seem to be facing similar challenges especially dilapidated infrastructure.

 Meanwhile most underground water in Eastern Province has high content of calcium.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Water Development Eddy Chomba disclosed this when he appeared before the parliamentary public accounts committee yesterday.

Bishop Chomba explained that the calcium content is so high that if water is not properly treated, it can block a water pipe.

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