The ESAWAS Regulators Association has completed its 5th Regulatory Peer Review.
Since 2013, ESAWAS has been undertaking regulatory Peer Reviews of its Members and the 5th Peer Review was done on the Lesotho Electricity and Water Authority (LEWA). This followed previous reviews done on EWURA of Tanzania, WASREB of Kenya, NWASCO of Zambia and CRA of Mozambique.
The Regulatory Peer Reviews are a hands-on interrogation of the regulatory systems and practices of the Members conducted by the CEOs and senior personnel of the visiting Members. The Review conducted over a one-week period included field visits to the Utility company (WASCO) branches in Maputsoe and Teyateyaneng as well as meeting various stakeholders from the Honourable Minister of Water and Commissioner of Water to representatives from the European Union, media houses, Transformation Resource Centre, Consumer protection Association and Textile Exporting Industries Association.
The week-long activity was concluded with a visit to the Metolong Dam which is a key project that has improved water supply services to the capital Maseru and surrounding areas.
The Peer Review revealed that LEWA has played a key role in promoting improvements in water supply and sewerage services. The regulator though young, has had considerable positive impact on the sector and still has room for growth.