Consumers with pending arrears will have their water meters disconnected, Busia County Executive Committee Member for Water, Irrigation, Environment and Natural Resources Dr Isaac Alukwe has said.
Speaking during a meeting with contractors on status of Kenya Devolution Support Programs (KDSP) water projects at the BUWASSCO Boardroom on Thursday, Dr Alukwe said about 60 per cent of water consumers don’t pay their bills.
Dr Alukwe gave his officers up to Friday next week to avail him with records of all water consumers with arrears to enable him enforce the order.
“We shall use Enforcement team to disconnect water supply of all water consumers with pending arrears; to avoid inconveniences I am urging those with pending bills to clear them,” he said.
The CECM said the department has no money to pay Kenya Power and Lighting Company and Water Resources Agency (WRA) due to the current standoff between the National Assembly and Senate over the division of revenue.
“ The Water Act 2016 says that universal access to clean and safe water will be achieved progressively; despite financial constraints we are trying our level best to better services of water consumers,” he said.
Dr Alukwe said he was happy with the progress of KDSP water projects, expressing confidence that they will be completed by September 30th.
He said the Khwirale water project is complete and only waits commissioning. Madivira, Busijo and Elugulu projects are progressing well with over 60 per cent complete; the same applies to rehabilitation of Mundika and Bukalama 100,000 litres storage tanks which will increase water supplies to residents of adjoining areas.
He said Mundika Hybrid and Automation systems are 30 per cent complete due to equipment challenges and the current stand-off over revenue disbursement to counties, noting that the matter will be solved soon.
KDSP focal person Robert Muganda told contractors to take the issue of Environment and Social Impact seriously; every contractor should also have complaints register.
Mr Muganda thanked the department of water for taking the lead in KDSP projects compared to other departments.
Chief Officer for Water Moses Weunda told contractors to comply with specifications and to complete their works on time, promising to make a one-off payment once the contractors complete their works within the set deadline.