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Residents mark World Water Day with dry taps

22 March 2015, 19:36 Magdalyne Mwaniki

Nakuru - As the world marked the International Water Day Sunday, residents of Kiamunyi in Nakuru still have no access to the basic commodity.

The body charged with supplying water in the region, Nakuru rural Water and Sanitation Company (NARUWASCO) is unable to deliver the services due to a number of challenges.

The company's Managing director, Reuben Korir said the County government needs to pump in more money to sink more boreholes in order to meet the rising water demand.

The company, owned by the Nakuru County government, relies greatly on water from Turasha dam in Gilgil which has since dried up.

Korir observed that apart from sinking more boreholes, there was an urgent need to upgrade water infrastructure so that effective services can be rendered to the target customers.

“In areas of Njoro sub-County, where the company operates five boreholes with a capacity of 252 cubic metres, we have been forced to switch off some of the water pumps since the water gravity has gone low,” he said.

Korir said that at the moment, consumers in Njoro area owe the company over KES 6 million in arrears.

He added that the situation has forced the management to divert proceeds from other areas in order to meet electricity bills, repair and maintain costs in Njoro.

Last week, residents of Kiamunyi and sorrounding areas staged a peaceful demonstration to the Governor’s office over recurrent water shortages in the area.

He added that consultations between the Rift Valley water services board and the County government are underway in order to ensure better provision of services in the future.

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