Aims and Objectives

The Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities in Mauritius plays a pivotal role in overseeing and regulating the water sanitation, energy, and radiation protection sectors. It exercises comprehensive authority over these areas, ensuring that essential services are efficiently provided to the population. The Central Water Authority (CWA) and the Wastewater Management Authority (WMA) are entrusted with statutory responsibilities to deliver water, energy, and sanitation services across the country.

Water and sanitation services are crucial aspects of the Ministry’s mandate, with the CWA focusing on water supply and the WMA managing wastewater. These agencies work under the Ministry’s guidance to ensure that services meet national standards and are accessible to all residents of Mauritius. The Ministry’s oversight extends to formulating policies that promote cost-effective service delivery and affordability. It aims to balance operational efficiency with financial sustainability, ensuring that services remain accessible to all socio-economic segments of the population.

In addition to water and sanitation, the Ministry is actively involved in the energy sector, where it promotes policies to enhance the use of renewable energy sources. This strategic focus aligns with global trends towards sustainable development and reducing dependency on fossil fuels. By incentivizing renewable energy initiatives and technologies, the Ministry aims to diversify Mauritius’ energy mix and mitigate environmental impacts.

The management of water resources is another critical responsibility of the Ministry. It coordinates efforts to mobilize and allocate water effectively, ensuring that demands from residential, agricultural, industrial, and tourism sectors are met sustainably. Emphasis is placed on judicious water use and conservation practices to safeguard this vital resource for future generations.

Furthermore, the Ministry serves as the focal point for radiation protection in Mauritius. It oversees policies and regulations that ensure the safe and peaceful application of ionizing radiation in various sectors, including healthcare, research, and industrial applications. This regulatory framework aims to protect public health and the environment from potential radiation hazards while supporting beneficial uses of radiation technology.

Overall, the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities in Mauritius plays a multifaceted role in ensuring the provision of essential services, promoting sustainable practices, and safeguarding public health and the environment. Through strategic policy formulation and effective oversight of its agencies, the Ministry strives to meet current and future challenges in the water, energy, and radiation sectors, contributing to the socio-economic development and well-being of the Mauritian population.