Murang’a Water Company to increase water connections

The Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (Muwasco) is currently expanding water connections to residents living in lower parts of Kiharu Constituency.

The company, which is funded by a Dutch based organization, is eying to supply water to more than 1, 500 homesteads in Kimathi, Kabuta and Kiangatia areas.

The water connections are targeting to benefit more than 9, 000 individuals living in the areas which receive minimal rainfall.

The organization, Vitens Evides International from The Netherlands, is funding the project at a cost of Shs.16.9 million.

Speaking during inspection of the project on Monday, Muwasco Managing Director, Daniel Ng’ang’a said the project, which started to be implemented two months ago, would be completed by end of July.

He said Muwasco was one of 10 companies from the country which were sponsored by the Dutch organization to expand water supply to areas outside urban centres.

Our services have been recognized by regulatory bodies in the country and that’s why we benefited from the grant from Vitens Evides International, noted Ng’ang’a.

The project, he noted, would not only benefit residents but also three learning institutions, including Kimathi Primary and secondary schools; and Kiangatia primary school.

Through the company’s social connection policy, the Director observed that residents who are not well off will be allowed to pay connection fee of Shs.3, 500 in installments for a period of one year.

He stressed that the company was only focusing to provide water to Murang’a residents and not those from neighbouring Kirinyaga County as alleged by some residents.

Some Murang’a residents have been accusing the company, claiming it was planning to supply water to parts of Sagana area which were in Kirinyaga County.

The Vitens Evides International Program Officer, Lieke Nijk lauded the fast implementation of the project, saying the water would help the residents improve their sanitation standards.

Nijk said her country was sponsoring 10 other water projects in the country at tune of Shs.660, 000.

We are undertaking water projects in Kisumu, Nyeri, Nakuru, Kiambu, Kakamega, Kericho, Malindi and Bomet counties in a programme christened ‘Performance Enhancement of Water Utilities in Kenya’ added the Program Officer.

Source: Kenya News Agency