Public Water Utilities Draining Government Coffers in Africa: Tanzanian Minister

15 May 2013 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzanian

Loss-making public water utilities have become a major drain of public finances in Africa, Tanzania Water Minister Jumanne Maghembe said on May 13. The minister told a five-day scientific and technical council meeting of Africa Water Association in Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam, that these utilities have continued to record losses and are not yet able to stand on their own without government and donor financial backing. “Water utilities are a headache to governments in Africa. They make losses every time and thus require governments to provide them with subsidies,” said Maghembe. The minister told the over 100 participants representing 21 Africa countries and development partners that domestic water consumers have to change their attitude and recognize the need to pay for water supplied if utilities are to be financially sustainable...

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