The New Bauchi State Water and Sewerage Corporation (BSWSC) metamorphosed from Bauchi State Water Board (BSWB) that came into existence with the creation of Bauchi State in 1976. An enabling law (Edict) was promulgated under the then military administration in 1977 and then in 1998.
The edicts gave BSWB sweeping powers on all issues relating to water supply: Impoundment, Abstraction Treatment, and Distribution. The edicts saddled it with the responsibility of supplying potable water to all the citizens of Bauchi State: in the urban and rural areas. Even with the formation of BASIRDA in the mid-’80s, the merger of BSWB with the State Development Board (SDB) in the late ’80s, the creation of the Ministry for Rural Development with a Directorate of Rural Water Supply and the creation of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), the edict remained unchanged.