Mwanza Urban Water and Sewerage Authority (MWAUWASA) was established in July 1996 under Water Works Ordinance Cap 281 (as amended) as a semi autonomous executive agency of the government for provision of adequate, reliable and sustainable portable water and wastewater management services in Mwanza City at affordable and cost effective prices. It was declared full autonomous from January 1998 and was authorized to extend services to Kisesa Township in Magu District from September 2007. It is owned by the Government of Tanzania.
The reason MWAUWASA exists is ‘Water’. MWAUWASA is the mandatory supplier of portable water and sewerage services to Mwanza City and Kisesa Township. Guided by her Vision and Mission and the National Water Policy, the Authority strives to offer quality services commensurate with the best practices. The consumers, on the other hand, have a responsibility to pay for the full cost of water and wastewater management services rendered to them so as to enable the Authority to continue providing and improving the services.
The Authority operates according to Water Works Ordinance, Water Works Rules, Water Works Regulations, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry responsible for Water, Public Procurement Act 2004, Public Finance Act 2001 (as amended), MoU between the Government and Development Partners (2006), Operating License issued by EWURA and Operation Guidelines. The authority is managed under the Executive Board of Directors appointed by the Minister responsible for water. The Board is made up of 10 members representing Authority’s stakeholders (Small Consumers, Big Consumers, Commercial Consumers, City Council Administration, Regional Administration, City Councilors, Women, Ministry Responsible for Water, Authority Management and Chairperson). The Board sets policy and an overall direction of the Authority. The Board serves for a three years term and an individual member (not representing institution) is eligible for appointment for a maximum of two consecutive terms. The Authority is monitored by the ministry responsible for water and is regulated by EWURA.
MWAUWASA is domiciled in Mwanza City, the Capital of Mwanza Region. The City lies along the southern shores of Lake Victoria on the North-west of Tanzania and is uniquely identified with lot of natural rocky outcrop hills. It has two districts (Ilemela and Nyamagana), and is the second largest urban center in Tanzania with an estimate population of 600,000 people of which 84% (about 500,000) is under water service coverage. Water supply area coverage is at 75% while Sewerage service covers 8% only. The City is an important transport hub, especially for water transport across Lake Victoria to towns in the North-western part of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda and has good air and railway transport links to Dar es Salaam.
The Controller and Auditor General (CAG) and/or his appointee(s) are the Auditors of the Authority by virtue of the provisions of Article 143 of the Constitution of the URT and Sections 30(i)(d) and 37(5) of the Public Finance Act 2001 (as amended). The accounts of the Authority are prepared on commercial basis and audited every year since 1998/99
Since water is life and key to development and poverty alleviation and is a basic need to everybody; be rich or poor, MWAUWASA remains with a duty to contribute significantly to development and poverty reduction by reducing the risks of waterborne diseases through improved access to quality water and wastewater management services.