News Categories: Environment

17 Jul
By: NGPU 0

Nakuru County Water Service Providers Scoop 1/3 of the Awards from the National Regulator WASREB

Water service providers under the County Government of Nakuru bagged 6 Performance Awards from the Water Service Regulatory Board (WASREB). This is according to the recently released Impact Report: A Performance Report of Kenyas Water Services Sector (2018/19), Issue No. 12/2020. 

Under the able leadership of H.E. Hon Lee Kinyanjui, the water and sanitation sector has undergone exemplary growth with Nakuru County Urban Water Service Provider (NAWASCO) posting an impressive performance score of 144/200 compared to the previous score of 127/200. 

Of the 87 water service providers assessed and regulated by WASREB, the Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company (NAWASCO) was ranked 3rd overall in the Top Performing Utilities Category. Classified as a Very Large Utility, NAWASCO was preceded only by NYEWASCO (in 1st Place) followed by ELDOWAS (in 2nd Place) both of which have relatively lower scopes in terms of population, service area coverage and the annual turn-over. 

NAWASCO was also ranked as the Best Utility as per the Governance Indicator. The County Executive Committee Member in Charge of Water, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, Eng. Festus K. Ngeno, who is also the Chairman of the Caucus of CECs in Charge of Water, Sanitation, Environment & Climate Change at the Council of Governors (CoG), attributes this to the manner in which the County Government of Nakuru grants autonomous operations and support to its utilities.

The three water service providers in Nakuru County (NAWASCO, NARUWASCO & NAIVAWASCO) not only have a free-hand to recruit members to the Board of Directors and Professional Management Teams based on merit, but they also have the good will to run their operations professionally without any interference from the shareholders.

Recognised as the Top Utility in the Central Rift Region, NAWASCO surpassed the utilities in Laikipia, Samburu, Baringo, and Nyandarua Counties. 

In terms of performance in Pro-poor Service Indicator, NAWASSCO was ranked as the Best Performing Utility for the second year in a row. The WSP was recognized for its immense efforts to indiscriminately provide water and sanitation services to low-income areas. 

The Naivasha Water and Sanitation Company (NAIVAWASCO), was ranked as the Best Utility in the Medium Utilities Category. It also emerged as the Most Improved water service provider with a performance score of 101/200 in the 2018/2019 reporting period, compared to 83/200 in the 2017/18 reporting period.

Nakuru Rural Water & Sanitation Co. Ltd (NARUWASCO), posted an impressive performance in the 2018/2019 reporting period by competing with urban water service providers and being ranked at position 42/87 compared to position 67/88 in the 2017/2018 reporting period.

Eng. Ngeno associated the commendable performance of the Nakuru County water service providers to the great leadership from the county executive, a conducive and enabling environment to operate in and the strong donor co-ordinations and great collaboration with the strategic WASH partners in the county.

The Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB) is a state corporation with the mandate to set standards and enforce regulations that guide the WASH sector in not only ensuring that consumers are protected and have access to efficient, affordable and sustainable services, but also, provide for financial sustainability of water service providers.

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17 Jul
By: NGPU 0

Establishment of Malewa Dam Will Have No Negative Impact To Lake Naivasha

The establishment of the 70-meter high Malewa dam in Naivasha projected to yield 45,000 cubic meters of water per day will not have any negative effects on Lake Naivasha.

While speaking during the consultative meeting with stakeholders, the County Minister for Water, Environment, and Natural Resources Eng. Festus Ngeno allayed fears raised by residents on possible damages to Lake Naivasha.

Eng. Ngeno said the project is in line with Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s commitment to providing sufficient and safe water to all county residents and will bridge the large investment gap in the water sector as projected in the Vision 2030 agenda.

” The proposed Malewa Dam is set to supply safe drinking water to Naivasha, Gilgil and Ol-kalou towns which suffer acute water shortage and once complete, the dam will bring a sigh of relief to residents in target areas that have been consuming otherwise consume water from sources that pose a great risk to their health” Eng. Ngeno said.

In Naivasha, the water supply from Malewa Dam will meet the estimated demand of approximately 7,800 cubic meters per day against the current supply of 6,600 cubic meters.

Stakeholders were presented with a feasibility report on the impact of the proposed water project upon Lake Naivasha and its environs, with statistics showing that the possible negative effects are quite negligible in the long run.

Ag. Chief Officer Water and Sanitation Engineer Johnson Kamau, assured stakeholders that the proposed Malewa Dam would be constructed in a manner that ensures continuity of water flow since the Malewa River would not be obstructed.

The meeting was chaired by the Nakuru County Commissioner Mr. Erastus Mbui.

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