Kakamega County Water and Sanitation Company (KACWASCO) Acting CEO Christabel Ashiono has said the Company is committed to reducing revenue loss through non revenue water.
She said non revenue water activities like illegal connections, pipe bursts, water theft and spillage continue to pose a challenge to Water Service Providers (WSP) across the country.
She was speaking during the official opening ceremony of Water Companies Sports Organisation (WASCO) games at Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu County.
The ceremony was graced by Defence Cabinet Secretary Hon Eugene Wamalwa as the Chief Guest.
The CEO urged all stakeholders in the water sector to collaborate in a bid to reduce water and revenue loss as per this year’s theme; reducing non revenue water through community engagement and sports.
“I call upon all stakeholders especially partners to support Water Service Providers in the area of non revenue water to reduce it to below 20%. This will help the water companies reduce water loss and improve on supply of the commodity to users and revenue collection,” said Ms Ashiono.
She appreciated the Governor H.E Dr Wycliffe Oparanya for supporting KACWASCO to meets its mandate of supplying water to its consumers.
“I am grateful to our Governor for the immense support that has seen the Company deliver on its mandate without hitches,” she said.
She asked Water companies to embrace benchmarking as a way of interacting and sharing ideas on enhancing service delivery.
“I want to thank the CS Wamalwa for his passion , commitment and dedication towards supporting WASCO games and water service providers and championing water matters in the country,” the CEO said.
She added; “At the end of this tournament everybody will emerge a champion.”
CS Wamalwa urged Water Service Providers to develop measures and also engage the community on ways of reducing non revenue water.
“It is regrettable that we cannot account for 47% of water we harvest which is lost through non revenue water activities yet our country has scarcity of water. We should learn from Nyeri County on the policies and measures they have put in place resulting to reduced non revenue water to 16%,” said Wamalwa who was accompanied by CAS for Water and Sanitation Mr Andrew Tuimur.