Senator wants Kang’ata to end water row

Friday, March 31st, 2023 09:40 | By
Joe Nyutu addressing the press in Murang'a. PHOTO/Wangari Njuguna

Murang’a Senator Joe Nyutu has urged Governor Irungu Kang’ata to settle the wrangles between two water services companies over the management of the multi-million-shilling  Maragua Dam.

Nyutu said the ongoing standoff  between the two companies is affecting service delivery to residents and a solution should be found soonest possible.

The senator said the governor should hold an urgent meeting with the water companies and stakeholders in the water sector to  conclusively discuss this matter.

“This row is about the Maragua Dam and the two companies are fighting for its control and thus the county leadership should give the direction about it,” he said.

“All leaders and stakeholders should be brought on board so that the rising issues can be ironed out and put to an end this fight,” he added.

The senator has also proposed for an audit of the two water firms to establish their capacity to supply water and give guidelines on how to boost the operations for the ones with lesser capacity.

He said should no solution be found, the county should consider establishing a new entity to manage the dam and the two companies should not be involved.

The Sh800 million dam which is being constructed by the national government through the Ministry of water, is set to provide water for domestic use and irrigation to the residents of lower parts of Maragua with an aim of boosting the supply by up to 20 percent.

Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (Muwasco) and Murang’a South Water and Sanitation Company (Muswasco) have been fighting to get control of the dam in a tussle which dates back to 2021.

Muwasco covers Murang’a municipality and has 96 percent of its jurisdiction while Muswasco covers Kandara, Kigumo and Maragua where Maragua Dam is situated, with a coverage of 67 percent.

A proposal to have boundaries of  Murang’a municipality extended was  made by the Municipal board  and if approved it will cover up to the area where the dam is located.  

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