ASSESSMENT OF THE PERFORMANCE OF A REGIONAL WATER SUPPLY SCHEME IN KWARA STATE, NIGERIA
Publication Date : 01/02/2011
The River Oyun water project in Kwara state, Nigeria is a regional scheme consisting of two treatment plants, with a total production capacity of 20,000m3, transmission pipeline, booster stations, storage reservoirs and distribution networks. It is designed to serve seven towns with a population of 184000 people. This paper is an investigation of the operations and management of project to determine its performance with a view to improving its effectiveness and overall efficiency. Performance indicators used in the assessment include population served, extent of coverage, capacity available, production, service connections, regularity of water supply, operations and management costs, customers’ services, collected revenue, water quality, customers’ perceptions, willingness-to-pay and general administration. A rating system was used to score the various indicators. The performance of the scheme was not satisfactory. Immediate improvement to water supply in the region is possible by adopting a more equitable water distribution schedule, use of economic tariff and reduction in unaccounted-for-water. On the long term, planning for new resources and private sector involvement are recommended. This will be based on commissioned management contracts to cover production, operations and revenue generation activities of the agency.
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