The Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) was established in January 2013 to fulfil policy and sector leadership functions. The old Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MEWR) Water Supply Division has been replaced by a new technical Water Directorate. The Directorate will provide effective technical and back-up support to local councils and the broader WASH sector. It is important to note that while the MWR and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation are the WASH sector leaders, they do not directly supervise regulatory agencies and the service delivery agencies. Instead they set the policy framework within which all sector actors must operate.