A quick, simple chart this time. An article on the front page of Sunday’s Guardian newspaper reported on the amounts owed by various government institutions to Dawasco, the troubled public water supply utility serving Dar es Salaam.
It’s an issue that’s been talked about for a long time – at least as long as I’ve been following Tanzania’s water sector (since 2006). But it’s usually been dealt with behind the scenes, and rarely had numbers attached to particular institutions.
So what do the numbers say?
For reference, Tshs 7,500m/- is a little over $4m.
Or, at current prices, 6.7 billion litres of water.
Or, just under 20% of Dawasco’s annual operating income.