Sonko pledges 24-hour water supply, reforms to cut revenue losses
Governor Mike Sonko has promised Nairobians 24-hour water supply and cleanliness.
Sonko said reviews of the water and sanitation policy and bill will lead to laws that will ensure his promises are fulfilled.
My administration is committed to providing safe water to all the residents of Nairobi," he said in Mombasa on Monday.
Sonko said the review of the existing policy will cut losses and see residents, especially the poor in the informal sector, get enough water.
The governor also noted that water sold in informal settlements is the most expensive in the county so quick solutions must be found.
"In line with United Nations sustainable development goal number six and the Constitution of Kenya article 43, it is my responsibility to ensure every resident of Nairobi receives clean drinking water and adequate sanitation.
An audit report released in November last year indicated the Nairobi water company loses Sh3.1 billion as a result of its inefficiency in billing.
Auditor General Edward Ouko indicated the company’s liabilities stood at Sh4.2 billion as at the end of June 30, 2016 against assets of Sh3 billion – a negative working capital of Sh1.1 billion.
The report, tabled in the county assembly stated that the amount of non-revenue water increased by two per cent in 2015-16 compared to 2014-15.
The company produced 200,352,109 cubic metres of water but earned Sh4.7 billion only.