The water tariffs in Nyeri will be increased by up to 139.6 percent in order to offer the utility company more money to expand its supply network.
Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company Limited (Nyewasco) has called for public comment in the context of the Kenya Gazette’s recent announcement on the proposed increase in water tariffs.
“Nyewasco is proposing an upward revision of the tariffs so that the water utility can operate at full cost recovery and meet the conditions for improving service delivery,”
Most affected are government agencies that pooled consumers between 1,000 liters (one unit) and 50 units, where they pay Sh75 per unit for less than 50 units, which is 135.6 percent for the lowest consumers of less than 10 units who currently pay Sh31.84 a unit.
Nyewasco will charge Sh47 per cubic meter, or 1000 liters, for small household users who consume less than 10 units, from the current Sh 31.84, an increase of 47.6 percent.
Residential customers with 11 to 20 units are charged Sh75 per unit from the current Sh44.30 per unit, an increase of 69.3 percent.
Government agencies who consume between 11 and 20 units and are now paying Sh44.30 will see a 69.3 percent increase, while those within the 21 units to 40 units currently paying Sh50.05 will see a 49, 8 percent will suffer.
“Nyewasco is proposing an upward review so that the water utility can operate at full cost recovery and meet the conditions for improving service delivery,” the statement said.
While locals are currently struggling financially due to the economic hardship associated with Covid-19, Nyewasco said his plan to increase rates was necessary because of the need to improve service to his customers.