KIWASCO OFFERS LOW-PRICED WATER FOR THE LOW INCOME AREAS
Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company commissioned community water projects at Manyatta-Koyango and at Kachok in Nyalenda. The guest of honor during the event was Kisumu County Governor Hon. Jack Ranguma in the presence of KIWASCO Managing Director Eng. David Onyango, Chairman of the Board Mr. Israel Agina, board members, dignitaries from the county government, officials from KIWASCO and representatives from VEI and WSTF.
These projects were implemented by KIWASCO and supported by two organizations - Water Sector Trust Fund (WSTF) and Vitens Evides International (VEI). The projects were aimed at increasing individual households’ connections which in turn enable Kisumu to not only would become water secure but also supply high quality affordable water to residents in the low income areas of Kisumu.
Robert Ouko, a beneficiary and a resident of Manyatta B said, “I am able to fill a 20 liters jerrican at only sh. 1 compared to the price of private water vendors who sell the same at sh. 5.”
The Performance Enhancement for Water Utilities in Kenya (PEWAK) project which is supported by VEI has a total of 10,800 beneficiaries. The project’s cost is estimated at Sh. 19 million which includes installing 45 prepaid meters. The project also sought to connect 200 households with stand water pipes hence benefiting 1200 residents of Kachok.
“The 45 prepaid meters installed will enable the local residents of Kisumu have access to high quality affordable water for their use,” said the Managing Director of KIWASCO.
Eng. Onyango added, “There are only 2 water service providing companies in Kenya currently using the new prepaid meters technology to supply water to their customers, that is Nairobi and Nakuru water companies but now KIWASCO has joined the list too.”
Low income areas were the recipients of the project and they encompass the highest population of service standing at 60%.
Governor Ranguma said, “We can proudly say that we are on the right path. Even with this huge population, water has been made cheaper for you. I therefore urge those who have not applied for individual connections to do so.”
Miss Lieke Nijk, project manager PEWAK added, “the funding from Water for life aims to reduce water losses in the company.”
The company aims to continually refresh the life of Kisumu residents, with Manyatta and Kachok community having been the latest beneficiaries. Many thanks go to our partner organizations for their immense support in helping us achieve our goals.