Mombasa, KENYA:-The Coast Water Services Board (CWSB) has said it was forced to cut off its water supply to the Water Service Providers (WSPs) in the region; as the providers owe the board Ksh. 1.3 Billion that has yet to be paid.
Speaking on Thursday in Mombasa, CWSB Board Chief Executive Joseph Kingi said the bill is for the period between 1st July 2013 and December 31st 2015.
This has made it a challenge for the Board to effectively undertake its operations; resulting to the region’s water shortage.
“It has been a challenge procuring chemicals required in water treatment as well as undertake routine operations and maintenance of pumping stations and pipelines,” said Kingi.
The board says that it followed due process in disconnecting its water supply;having issued a fourteen days notice to the WSPs,with no response.
However, the Board has been negotiating with the service providers to have the water supply reconnected, so far Malindi, Kilifi and Mariakani WSPs have had their water supply reconnected as from 27th Jan.
This was after an agreement reached between the County government of Kilifi and the Coast Water Services Board on how the county was to repay its debt.
The amount that CWSB owes the various WSPs in the region are as follows: Mombasa Water Supply & Sanitation Co. Limited (MOWASSCO)a sum of Ksh. 629M, Kilifi -Mariakani Water Supply &Sanitation Co. Ltd (KIMAWASCO) Ksh. 196M, while Malindi Water and Sewerage Company (MAWASCO) owes a sum of 145M and lastly Tavevo Water & Supply Company a sum of Ksh. 155 M.