Bungoma and Webuye cities were hit by an acute water shortage after Kenya Energy Firm disconnected vitality supply to Nzoia Water and Sewerage Firm (Nzowasco) over gathered debt running into millions of shillings.
Nzowasco Managing Director, Mathew Maruti, stated their vitality supply became disconnected at Matisi and Nabuyole therapy vegetation more than a week within the past leading to the water shortage.
Mr Maruti stated the firm has an eminent balance of Sh14million that it owes Kenya Energy, having paid Sh6 million final month.
“We realizing to certain the balance in installments and we hope to have it accomplished by Tuesday,” stated Maruti.
He reassured residents of the two cities that strange water supply shall be restored once the balance is cleared.
Maruti stated the gathered debt resulted from delayed remittance of bills by institutions and folk.
“Delayed or total refusal to make a selection bills by our purchasers has jumpy our operations. But we now desire to this level obtained payment amounting to Sh2.4 million from the National Police Service. We hope other govt institutions and folk will put together swimsuit to enable us certain our bills as successfully,” he stated.
Nzowasco board Chairperson Rebecca Masibayi confirmed that certainly that they owe Kenya Energy Firm Sh14 million.
She on the different hand appealed to the vitality firm to grant them a in actuality vast grace period to enable them certain the bill.
Mountainous blow to firms
David Wafula, a resort owner in Webuye city, stated the water shortage has dealt a large blow to many firms since they are now incurring a further expense of procuring water from distributors whose prices are exorbitant.
“Let Nzowasco pick their money owed and restore water supply because at the discontinue of the month they’ll peaceable bill us, but we now have now not obtained water for more than a week,” he stated.
On the same time, the Muslim community in Bungoma has appealed to Governor Wycliffe Wangamati to intervene and judge the matter.
They stated the water shortage has subjected them to untold suffering at the same time as they save the holy month of Ramadhan, a period by which they cannot skedaddle with out water whereas breaking the at this time within the evenings.