Water & Sewerage Corporation
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The control and administration of the water resources of the Commonwealth rests with the Bahamas Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) within the portfolio of the Minister of Works & Transport, along with the Minister of Public Utilities. The Water and Sewerage Corporation is a wholly owned corporation entrusted under the Water and Sewerage Corporation Act (1976) with the duty of optimal development of the country's water resources, their allocation and distribution and the control of their quality.
The Water and Sewerage Corporation Act (1976) defines the responsibilities of the Corporation in several sections, these responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to: -
To provide water supplies for domestic and other uses, provide adequate drainage and dispose of sewage and other effluent
To extend the water and sewer systems in the country
To ensure and control the optimum development and use of the water resources and
To serve as advisor to the Minister responsible for water and sewerage, draft regulations and register users of the systems.
ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE CORPORATION
The Minister of Works has ultimate responsibility for the Water & Sewerage Corporation however, a Board of Directors, which is appointed by the Government, heads the Corporation. The Government selects no more than five members, who are called the "appointed members", and a representative from the Ministry of Finance. The Government selects a Chairman and a Deputy Chairman of the Board, from the "appointed members". Members of the Board shall serve no longer than three years. The Board is responsible for making policy decision and is kept abreast of the operations of the Corporation by the General Manager, who is also appointed by Government. The General Manager (GM) is assisted by the Deputy General Manager (DGM), who as the Chief Operations Officer, is responsible for the daily operations of the Corporation and reports directly to the GM. The DGM is assisted by a team of Assistant General Managers (AGMs), who are each responsible for a Division within the Corporation.