Rural Water Supply and Sanitation

The main focus of the sub-committees is to improve and sustain water and sanitation coverage in rural areas of Zimbabwe, in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other Zimbabwe set development goals and standards. In the medium term the sub-committee shall focus on implementing strategies to spearhead the sector recovery out of emergency into development.  Within this framework the sub-committee shall:

i.    Advise NAC on the review and harmonisation of all enabling legislations.
ii.    Advise NAC on the establishment of the water and sanitation regulatory authority to enforce compliance, set standards and promote good corporate governance.
iii.    Facilitate the involvement of all stakeholders in rural water supply and sanitation.
iv.    Oversee the planning, coordination, implementation  and monitoring of  rural water supply and sanitation programmes
v.    Facilitate the development of capacity of all actors to ensure effective participation at all levels in the planning and management of water and sanitation programmes
vi.    Facilitate the collection, analysis and dissemination of data on water supply and sanitation coverage
vii.    Establish and sustain effective community based operation and maintenance systems
viii.    Develop sub-sector strategies for the sustainable implementation of water supply and sanitation programmes
ix.    Facilitate the development of policy guidelines on the management of rural water supply and sanitation  programmes
x.    Promote appropriate technologies  and raise awareness on gender issues for the sub-sector
xi.    Promote in-country and regional partnerships including measures to enhance the participation of the private sector.
xii.    Facilitate the development of water and sanitation management tools and software.
xiii.    Raise awareness on the importance of efficient and sustainable use of water resources, including measures to mitigate the impacts of climate change and other natural disasters.
xiv.    Create time bound Task Forces to deal with urgent issues
xv.    Receive and act on reports from the sub-sector sub-national committees and other structures as determined from time to time

Membership:  Members of the Rural Water and Sanitation shall be:

i.    Ministry of Health and Child Welfare
ii.    Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
iii.    Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development
iv.    Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development (chair)
v.    Ministry of Water Resources Development and Management
vi.    Ministry of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development
This list shall remain open for new members to join.

Reporting:  The sub-committee reports to the main NAC

Frequency of Meetings:   At least once every 2 months

At sub-national levels, Rural WASH business is channeled by two committees, the Provincial Water Supply and Sanitation Sub-Committee at Provincial level and the District Water Supply and Sanitation Sub-Committee at District level

Provincial Level:

Provincial Water Supply and Sanitation Sub-Committee (PWSSC):
Objective of this sub-committee at provincial level is to coordinate and assist in the management of rural water supply and sanitation activities in the Province.

Membership:
The committee shall comprise named officers representing all the relevant agencies/ministries in the province.

The sub-committee has power and authority to co-opt representatives from NGOs involved in Rural WASH implementation in the Province, and other members as required.

Reporting:
The sub-committee reports to the Provincial Development Committee.

Terms of Reference:

i.    Co-ordinate the activities of all agencies involved in rural water supply and sanitation implementation in the Province, including NGOs.
ii.    Monitor district water and sanitation project activities in the provinces.
iii.    Provide technical support to DWSSCs in the province, including capacity enhancement of the committees.
iv.    Ensure that Provincial rural water supply and sanitation projects are planned and implemented in accordance with National policies.
v.    Co-ordinate the preparation of Provincial plans for rural water supply and sanitation development.
vi.    Review District project proposals, implementation plans, and progress reports, and monitor rural water supply and sanitation activities in the Districts and ensure that these are included in the provincial plans.
vii.    Regularly reports to appropriate national authorities on Provincial progress in rural water supply and sanitation development.
viii.    Co-ordinate the maintenance of updated inventories of rural water supply and sanitation facilities in the Province.
ix.    Regular reporting to NAC through the NCU on water and sanitation activities in the province.

 District Level:

The ultimate responsibility for the provision of WASH services rests with the Rural District Councils.  To enable RDC to execute this task the NAC shall work closely with other Capacity Building initiatives to build the technical, financial and managerial capacity of the RDC.

District Water Supply and Sanitation Sub-Committee (DWSSC)
The objective of this committee at district level is to co-ordinate planning and assists in the management of Rural WASH activities.

Membership: The committee shall comprise all relevant sector agencies represented in the district. The sub-committee has the power to co-opt representatives from NGOs involved in water supply and sanitation project implementation in the District, and other members as required.

Reporting to: The sub-committee reports to a committee of Council responsible for water and sanitation service provision and to the Provincial Water and Sanitation Subcommittee

Terms of Reference for the DWSSC:

i.    Co-ordinate and monitor the activities of all agencies involved in rural water supply and sanitation project implementation in the District, including NGOs.
ii.    Ensure that planning and implementation of District rural water supply and sanitation projects are in accordance with Provincial and National policies and procedures.
iii.    Co-ordinate the preparation of District plans for rural water supply and sanitation development.
iv.    Periodic monitoring of project activities
v.    Regularly reports to appropriate Provincial authorities on District progress in water and sanitation projects
vi.    Co-ordinate the maintenance of updated inventories of all water and sanitation facilities in the District

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