Yesterday, I received a rather odd text from KIWASCO. Usually, the message would be a long thread stating your water use statistics and levies, ending with the amount of money one owes the service provider.
But this time it wasn’t an ordinary message, I even thought it was a “Happy Easter” text from KIWASCO like from other corporates that have now found safe refuge in my inbox.
This text from KIWASCO read:
Dear esteemed customer, This is to notify you that effective 24th April 2017, Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB) & Lake Victoria South & Water Services Board, have reviewed water and sewerage tariffs upwards as per the Kenya Gazette Notice No. 2828.
The Water Services Regulatory Board has approved the regular tariff adjustment for the precious commodity for Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (Kiwasco).
Through a gazette notice, the board’s chief executive officer Robert Gakubia indicated that for residential and domestic customers consuming between zero and six cubic metres of water, the rates have increased from KShs 33 per cubic metre to kShS 300.
Those consuming at least 300 cubic metres have had their tariffs increased by KShs 10, from KShs 130 to KShs 140.
“Those using water for commercial or industrial purposes will have to cough out KShs 330 up from the previous tariff of KShs 40 for those who use from zero to six cubic meters of water,” read part of the notice dated March 24, 2017.
Government institutions have also been affected and will pay the same rate.
Lake Victoria Water Services Board has given a month’s notice to all existing and potential consumers of water and sewerage services in Kisumu on the changes of tariffs. Now each and every one of us has to start using the available water prudently without wasting this precious and expensive commodity.
For public schools, universities and colleges, those consuming from zero to 600 cubic metres will pay KShs 8 more from KShs 40 to KShs 48.
Those involved in illegal connections for commercial use will face stiffer penalties after the regulator approved a fine of KShs 100,000 besides paying for the amount of water estimated to have been consumed during the period of the illegality.
For domestic users who violate the same law, the fine is even higher, from KShs 5,000 to KShs 300,000.