Wednesday, May 9, 2012
NATIONAL WATER AND SEWERAGE CORPORATION IS A CLEAR CASE OF HOW GOVERNMENT CAN MAKE PUBLIC ENTERPRISES BANKRUPT
The failure of the NRM Government to meet its debt obligations is most unfortunate. In some past budget speeches, Ministers of Finance have insisted that there should be no arrears, but why are Government accounting officers unable to ensure that this is made the practice. The story below of how debts owed to National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC)are negatively affecting its operations is simply sad. Is Government in the process of crippling NWSC so that it has a good case to see it privatized? NRM should do serious business that being a mere bad manager. William Kituuka Kiwanuka NWSC is grappling with a problem of water shortage that has compelled the corporation to ration the resource. In January 2012, a briefing statement on the crisis was sent to President Yoweri Museveni, The Independent learnt. “The current water supply capacity of the water treatment facilities have been outstripped by demand,” the briefing notes. It explained how the current dry spell has worsened an old problem. According to the briefing to the President, the current NWSC water demand is estimated to be over 210,000 cubic metres per day (m3/day) yet the current practical water supply production capacity is 180,000 m3/day. This water is the capacity of the three Water Treatment Plants located in Ggaba that pump to booster stations.