KWSB seeks help from USAID to boost revenue recovery

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Karachi :  A joint delegation of US Agency for International Development (USAID) Pakistan and World Bank Water & Sanitation Programme (WSP) called on Managing Director Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) Misbahuddin Farid on Tuesday and discussed future plans for mutual cooperation with the water utility.


Director Office of Democracy, USAID and Governance Jane C Thomas; Khalid Saleem, Adviser; and Ghufran Shaffee, Project Management Specialist represented the agency, while Country Coordinator Farhan Sami represented WSP.


Jane Thomas of USAID praised the recent developments in the Water Board but stressed the need to strengthen the revenue recovery system. Appreciating KWSB efforts, she said that there was a room for improvement in some areas.


He said that the USAID has helped the KWSB replace several outdated machines and pumps at Clifton station were also changed. According to him, replacement of 75 electric pumps at 23 stations is under progress, of which 41 have been installed.


He briefed the delegation that the KWSB was outsourcing recovery of its revenue and hoped that the USAID and other international institutions would extend help in this regard. “The KWSB is in dire need of energy assessment at Dhabeji pumping station in order to bring it at par with the modern standards and with the up-gradation of this pumping station the KWSB’s performance will improve substantially,” he said.


The delegation suggested that the introduction of latest information technology would improve the KWSB’s recovery drive as well as its communication with the consumers. Country Coordinator WSP Farhan Sami said that the WSP-KWSB partnership would prove exemplary, as it was vital for the improvement of water supply and sewerage services in the metropolis. He said that the WSP would continue its partnership with the water utility and other institutions of such magnitude.

Courtesy:  The News

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