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WASREB CEO maintains THIWASCO is not merged with Kiambu Water Company.

WASREB CEO Eng. Robert Gakubia addressing participants at the public consultation meeting to get consumer concerns on services of  THIWASCO at Blue Post Hotel on Tuesday.

Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB) Chief Executive Officer Eng. Robert Gakubia has maintained that Kiambu County Government was yet to legally take over or merge the businesses of the existing licensed water service providers in the County.

This means that Thika water and Sewerage Company (THIWASCO) was still licensed as an independent water company mandated to supply water to Thika residents.

While speaking at Blue Post Hotel on Tuesday during a public consultation meeting to get consumer concerns on services of the company, Eng. Gakubia said that under the Water Act 2016, the said new entity (Kiambu Water Company) had not yet complied with the regulatory requirements in terms of viability and sustainability of the new entity thus according to him, the eight licensed water companies within the County continued existing as individual entities. 

“Just as we had indicated in our advertisement April 2018 in the dailies, we only know of 8 registered water companies in Kiambu County. The provision of water is not administrative and its services are supposed to be managed locally,” explained WASREB CEO.

While admitting to the fact that water provision cuts across the two levels of government, Eng. Gakubia said that their core business was to ensure sustainable development of water.

“There was no vacuum (in water provision) when devolution came. All we needed was to just to build on the existing structures. Even though clustering (of water companies) is good as it will improve water services, but this cannot be done overnight,” he said.

He added that according to the law, all monies collected by the THIWASCO from the residents should be used exclusively in Thika to improve water services.

In the meeting, stakeholders unanimously endorsed THIWASCO’s request to have its licence renewed after its previous one expired on 10th July 2018.

THIWASCO Chairman Board of Directors Eng. Joseph Mukora Kimani took the opportunity to highlight the company’s achievements since its inception in 2009 from a loss making company to being ranked 2nd best water company overall on the WASREB impact report.

“It is also ISO 9001 Certified meaning that its operations are of international standards,” he said.

His sentiments were echoed by the company’s Managing Director Eng. Moses Kinya who said that to date, they served 239,793 households in an area of approximately 254 km².

“Due to the influx of population, we have been experiencing several challenges among them a demand for over 46,000m3 water daily against a supply of 37,000m3 and high operational costs,” said Eng. Kinya.

The MD however said that they had laid out a very elaborate strategic plan that would ensure Thika residents received sufficient water supply until 2048.

Among the projects in store in the near future is the Ksh. 1 Billion Kariminu Water Project near Maryhill School that is expected to inject into the system, about 15, 000m3 of water/day. It is funded by the World Bank under performance based project through the Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB).

DANIDA is also funding a Ksh. 11 billion programme aimed at increasing water supply and construction of sewerage services along the Northern part of Thika town. This project will include the rehabilitation and upgrading of the existing systems.

Among those present were representatives from the office of Thika Town MP Eng.  Patrick Wainaina, members of the Kiambu County water Committees, area MCAs, representatives from community water projects, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Thika District Business Association (TDBA), SUPKEM, among others. 

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