Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria has dissolved the boards of five water supply companies in the county citing gross mismanagement of the companies.
The affected companies are Murang’a Water and Sewerage Company, Muranga South Water and Sewerage Company, Kahuti Water Company, Gatanga Water Company and Gatamathi water Company.
The Governor said the move is meant to ensure residents enjoy the benefits of adequate water supply in the County.
The caretaker committee will now conduct public hearings in the County before preparing a report on the problems facing the companies within a month.
The governor said there have been several complaints by members of the public on water services forcing the Wa Iiria to act.
“I made a commitment just before the elections to ensure every resident has access to affordable domestic water and I will ensure this is achieved as soon as possible,” Wa Iria said.
He noted that the caretaker committee has also been tasked with the responsibility of preparing a plan that will ensure that 50 percent of Murang’a residents who are not connected to water are connected.
The new committee, he said, has already been gazetted and will take effect immediately.
He said this drastic step will help harmonize water charges in the county to ensure consumers pay affordable prices.
“The companies charge different tariffs which will now come to an end. From now on we will ensure every domestic water user pays a standard amount of Sh. 200, a reduction from the Sh. 330 that Muwasco has been charging,” Wa Iria said.
Muwasco also charges Sh. 165 for sewerage and a meter rent of Sh. 50 which bring the minimum monthly charges to Sh. 545.
Wa Iria has also scrapped the meter rent, the application fee of Sh. 200 and the connection fee of Sh. 2,000, saying locals will get free water connections.
Defaulters will now pay a mere 100 shillings to have their water reconnected, a reduction from the previous penalty of Sh. 1000.
The charges, Wa Iria said, have made water as a commodity too expensive and unaffordable for locals in the County.
The governor also noted that he will be receiving water pipes worth Sh. 500 million from the Ministry of Water on Thursday.
“The government promised to boost our water supply by supporting us with pipes and the Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa has confirmed that they will be commissioned on Thursday,” Wa Iria added.