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Kakamega water officials, consumers agree to review tariffs

Company board chairman Laban Ayiro reaffirmed his commitment to bettering service provision after the review.

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  • Oparanya advised the company to embrace technology through the use of digital and automatic meters, solar energy and automation of financial management.

The Kakamega County Water and Sanitation Company, consumers and stakeholders have agreed to review water tariffs a decade after they were put in place.

The last time the tariffs were reviewed was in 2012.

Read Kakamega residents to pay more for water following tariffs review

Kacwasco officials said the review is geared towards improving services and ensuring a continued supply of water to the population.

“You must take advantage of the review to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in water services provision,” Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

He spoke during a public participation forum on the issue at Bishop Stam Pastoral Centre.

The event was presided over by the Water Services Regulatory Board and attended by representatives of various consumer groups, national and county government officials, company board of directors and management of the water company.

Oparanya advised the company to embrace technology through the use of digital and automatic meters, solar energy and automation of financial management.

Read Oparanya asks water firm not to raise charge

He said water should be affordable and players in the sector should come together and work on subsidising the commodity to avoid burdening consumers with taxes and rates.

Kacwasco departmental managers highlighted gains made by the company over the years and the challenges that informed the need for tariffs review.

Company board chairman Laban Ayiro reaffirmed his commitment to bettering service provision after the review.

Chief executive officer Abdikadir M Abdi said the company has made deliberate efforts towards efficiency in service provision, including implementation of an enterprise resource planning system and installation of smart meters.

Others who attended the meeting included Deputy Governor Philip Kutima, Water executive Kulati Wangia, Kakamega assembly deputy speaker Leonard Kasaya and Kacwasco’s legal officer and board secretary Christabell Ashiono.

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Alan Kisia
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The Star

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