May 2021

Thika Water & Sewerage Company (THIWASCO) Managing Director Eng. Moses Kinya addressing stakeholders  during the Karimenu Water Supply Project stakeholders’ engagement meeting on Wednesday morning.

Clustered into three programmes, these developments will see the company increase the current water treatment supply of 39,000 (39 million litres) per day to about 63,000 (63 million litres) per day by the year 2025.
Thika Water & Sewerage Company (THIWASCO) has kicked off a KES. 12 billion infrastructural journey to meet Thika’s consumer water demand for the next 20 years up to the year 2040.

The company’s Managing Director Eng. Moses Kinya revealed this during the Karimenu Water Supply Project stakeholders’ engagement meeting on Wednesday morning.

The project, which taps water from Karimenu River near Maryhill Girls High school, is funded by the World Bank at a tune of KES. 1.04 billion. It will add 15,000 (15 million litres) of water per day to the current 39,000 daily against the current water demand of 55,000 m³ (55 million litres) per day.

The project starts in September this year and is expected to be complete in September 2022.

It targets to supply water to Tora, Witeithie, Muthara, Athena, Kianjau, Kiandutu, Kiganjo, Munyu, Gatuanyaga, Githima and Komo. This will free off the Chania/Thika River water source to supply more water to the rest of the areas, thus easing the water scarcity currently experienced in Thika and its environs.

Using internally generated finances, THIWASCO has also started improving on technology in the current treatment plant near Blue Post Hotel, to enable it increase its water treatment capacity and supply by an extra 12,000 (12 million litres) per day. The first phase of this programme is already in its tendering stage.

However, the biggest project that THIWASCO targets to alleviate water shortages in the area for the next 20 years is the Thika-Githunguri Water and Sanitation Project that is funded by DANIDA at a tune of KES. 11 billion.

This project, when complete, will add an extra 36,000 m³ (36 million litres) of water per day. In this project, the company plans to tap water at the junction of the Kiama and Thika Rivers in Murang’a County.

The project also involves the construction of 3 sewerage plants at Pilot, Nanga and Kilimambogo to increase sewerage connection by 7,000 m³ (7 million litres) of sewer collection per day.

This DANIDA project is currently at preparation stage and is expected to be complete by the year 2025.

Currently, THIWASCO’s main water sources are Chania River, which supplies 20,000 m³ per day, and Thika River that supplies 16,000 m³ per day.

Others are the five boreholes at Kilimambogo, Salama, Gatuanyaga, Matathia and Maryhill.

Some of the boreholes that were sunk in other areas produced water that was not fit for human consumption.

The company currently serves clean drinking water to 366,638 people and treats about 17 million litres of sewer per day. There are 51,322 water connection and 13,690 sewerage connections.

It’s revenue base rose from KES. 468 million in 2015 to KES. 763 million in 2019. This amount dropped to KES. 660 million last year due to the effects of COVID-19.

Water connection rose from 26,662 in 2015 to 36,315 in 2020. This is as the water production rose from 11.5m³ to 13.6 m³ per day during the same period. The company’s investment in terms of infrastructure development also rose from KES. 95 million to KES. 214 million during the same period.

THIWASCO has also incorporated technology in metre reading and billing and is no longer using cash transactions.


Equity Group Foundation, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation and the German government through KfW, has commenced the selection process for the 2021 Wings to Fly scholarship programme.


Additionally, a similar process has started for the 2021 Elimu scholarship programme, a flagship program sponsored by the World Bank and the Ministry of Education and implemented through EGF.

The two programs will offer a combined total of 10,500 scholarships to academically promising scholars from needy backgrounds who sat and excelled in the 2020 KCPE examinations.

Academically promising 2020 KCPE finalists from all 47 counties who scored a minimum of 350 marks and who come from needy backgrounds can apply for the 2021 Wings to Fly scholarships by logging on to https://egfdmis.equitybank.co.ke/register_w2f to create a new account on the Wings to Fly portal and fill in the 2021 application form for consideration.

While 2020 KCPE finalists from financially challenged backgrounds who sat their examinations at public primary schools and are from 110 targeted Sub-Counties and fifteen urban centres with informal settlements and scored a minimum of 280 marks can make applications for the 2020/2021 Elimu scholarships by logging on to https://egfdmis.equitybank.co.ke/register_elimu to create a new account on the Elimu portal and fill in the 2020/2021 application form for consideration. For affirmative action, candidates who are from vulnerable and marginalized communities and those with special needs and disabilities who attained below 280 marks may be considered.

For both scholarship programs, scholars, guardians and parents who are unable to access the forms on the portal can get physical scholarship application forms at their nearest Equity branch or Equity Agent and must submit these for consideration on or before 31st May 2021.

The deadline for all scholarship application is 31st May 2021 whether submitted through the application portals or through Equity bank branches or Equity Agents.

Commenting on the commencement of the selection process, Equity Group Foundation Executive Chairman, Dr. James Mwangi appealed to Kenyans of goodwill who know a needy bright child anywhere in Kenya who has met the application criteria to help them apply for the scholarship.

“There are many needy and bright children who have attained the eligible marks and may not hear of this opportunity. I appeal to all Kenyans of goodwill to support this initiative by helping such children
to access the application forms from their nearby Equity bank branch or Agent so that they can stand a chance of securing a scholarship for their secondary school education,” said Dr Mwangi said.

He reiterated the Group’s commitment to supporting Kenyans to enjoy access to education opportunities through its scholarship programs.

“As Equity, we truly value the role of the various partners that we work with at the community level to ensure that our selection process is fair and that a vast majority of Kenyans get to hear about the programs and are guided appropriately on how to apply for the scholarships. This year, we wish to encourage interested applicants to embrace the use of the digital portals as this will minimize paper handling and will thus contribute to our efforts of minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19,” he said.

 

The submission deadline of 31st May 2021 will allow the Wings to Fly Community Scholarship Selection Board (CSSB) in all 47 counties and the Elimu Community Scholarship Advisory Committee (CSAC) in each of the 110 sub counties and 15 urban centres ample time to review and scrutinize the applications as well as conduct face to face interviews and assessments before awarding the most deserving scholars the scholarship opportunities.


The CSSB comprises of relevant key personalities in the community and is chaired by the Sub-County Director of Education and coordinated by Equity Bank Branch Manager while the CSAC comprises of relevant key personalities in the community and will be chaired by the Deputy County Commissioner and coordinated by Equity Branch Manager.

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