The Matuga Sub-county residents in Kwale County, are all smiles following the restoration of water supply ending a prolonged shortage of the commodity.
The supply had been disconnected over unpaid bills totaling to Sh.63.5million owed to the Kenya Power and Coast Water Service Board (CWSB) by Kwale Water and Sewerage Company.
This left thousands of residents and institutions in the affected areas suffering as taps remained dry for nearly three months amidst fears of an outbreak of water-borne diseases.
Areas worst hit by the crisis, included Kwale town, Waa-Ng’ombeni and Kombani among others that rely on Marere water project from where water is pumped to consumers.
Also affected were several boreholes whose pumping stations were also without power.
The supply was finally restored after the outstanding bill was partly paid, but not before angry residents marched in protest all the way from Kombani to the water company offices demanding action, last week.
The Acting County Executive Committee Member for Water, Ahmed Mwabuzo said the county government had intervened and cleared Sh.10.5million power bill and Sh.15million out of Sh.53million owed to CWSB.
Mwabudzo also attributed the recent water shortage to massive destruction of water infrastructure by floods which hit the region in the last quarter of last year.
He said flooding took a heavy toll on many pipelines and boreholes, adding that rehabilitation work was almost complete.
Residents interviewed by KNA decried the persistent water problem in the area and called for a lasting solution, saying they were spending a lot of money buying water from water vendors.
Rama Ahmed, who operates a butchery stressed the need for ensuring residents have adequate water.
In his case, he says, the shortage adversely affected his business which requires water to maintain hygiene.
If the problem had persisted for a longer time, I would have been forced to shut down my business because no customer will come buy to meat in a dirty environment, said Mr. Ahmed.
Source: Kenya News Agency