Water revenues in Tanzania rise


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — (METERING.COM) — April 15, 2008 – The Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (DAWASCO) reports that its revenue collection has increased by 45% in the last couple of years, thanks to upgrading the outdated billing system and managing corruption more effectively.

A report recently released by the utility also shows that the number of customers has increased by 92 percent, from 13,000 to 25,000. Revenues were poor because of poor quality commercial data, meter problems, fraud, staff-customer collusion, illegal connections, and poor debt management, according to the report, and all these matters are being addressed.

Now the challenge is for DAWASCO to identify new sources of water and improve the number of connections, as many people in the country still have no piped water in their homes.