Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has called for establishment of a a rural war authority which shall be tasked to ensure there is longevity and sustainability of rural water projects in the county.
He spoke Thursday, at the county head quarters when he hosted a delegation from Water Services Providers Association (WASPA).
“ We would like to borrow this best practice from Nakuru County who have such a body. County governments invest a lot in rural water projects, we need a body to manage their running costs for sustainability”, Mandago said.
WASPA is an umbrella body bringing together top management of county water and sanitation boards across the country.
Speaking during the function County Executive Executive Mary Njogu ( Water) lauded Eldoret Water & Sanitation Company Limited ( ELDOWAS) for providing quality and available water in the county.
Electricity cost as been cited as the most expensive cost item on a water bill.
“ We seek your support in lobbying with The Council of Governors and Parliament to reduce electricity cost charged on pumping water. These charges should also be harmonised for the benefit of water companies who spend a lot on pumping”, Secretary Antony Ambugo said
Ambugo gave an example of a county like Uasin Gishu and Murang’a who benefit from gravity forces to supply water while Mandera county ( amongst others must pump ) water thrice; from the source to the treatment , to storage and finally when supplying to users.
While accepting to join WASPA in pushing for harmonisation of water costs, Mandago also pointed out that there should a program for rapid expansion of water supply networks countrywide.
“Water is a basic need enshrined in our constitution yet electricity has a larger connectivity. This is why I have instructed my administration to establish ‘Last Pipe Connectivity Program’ I purpose to ensure every village in my county has access to clean and sustainable water”, Mandago said.
The County Government of Uasin Gishu’ s ‘ Last Pipe Connectivity’ Project is an multi-facetted approach to water provision through provision of water from de-silted dams, drilled boreholes and supply from springs and other natural sources.
Also present during the event were Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno, ELDOWAS MD DR. Kimutai Murgor, County Secretary Edwin Bett, Chief Officer Simeon Kemei ( Environment & Water) amongst others.