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Solution for national water supply & drainage board customers' problems in Colombo city

Show simple item record Letchumanamohan, S 2014-08-20T12:59:38Z 2014-08-20T12:59:38Z 2014-08-20
dc.description.abstract Clean and adequate water is a basic and fundamental requirement of human beings. Focusing on customer requirement is particularly important, where several alternative sources and service providers are available. Customer satisfaction and good customer relationships are important in any business, which is also applicable to the N WS&DB in spite of state monopoly. A satisfied customer would assist by informing any pipe leaks in the distribution system and house connection promptly. This research aims to access the customer satisfaction levels of the NWS&DB customers, identify problems faced by the customers and suggest solutions in order to improve the intuitional and operational system. A questionnaire survey was conducted in 36 householders in Colombo South area who had complained to the NWS&DB. The important problems identified in the customer's survey are insufficient pressure in the distribution system, inaccurate meter reading, delay to attend repair work and poor quality of repairs. The relevant NWS&DB Engineers were interviewed to collect reasons for the above mentioned problems and the following important human resources management problems were identified. • Lack of self interest in the repair gangs • Lack of authority/ funds, to procure sufficient number of equipment. The important reasons for the customers' problems include • Minimum accountability of repairs as large number of the site gangs carry out the repair works in the whole city rather than a small number attending a specified area. • Minimum proactive maintenance and repairs are carried out by the existing O&M section, due to lack of motivation • At present the numbers of repair gangs are insufficient. The problem is worsened due to police requirement to carry out night work. The important reasons for all customers' problems were analyzed in order to propose a feasible management option on par with the available industry practices. The solution for the problems is recommended as both long term and short term. As a long term solution, decentralization of repairs and O&M of distribution system, and an incentive scheme in order to motivate the workers have been recommended. In order to solve the immediate problem the recommended short term solution is outsourcing of development works and excess activities for which available staff are inadequate. Further en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Customers' problems in water supply distribution en_US
dc.subject Management of water supply distribution en_US
dc.title Solution for national water supply & drainage board customers' problems in Colombo city en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US Master of Business Administration in Project Management en_US
dc.identifier.department Civil Engineering en_US 2011-03
dc.identifier.accno 102513 en_US

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