Yesterday was a very special day not only to KIWASCO, but to the residents of Kisumu, beginning with those who stay up the hills of Riat and environs.

First off, KIWASCO launched an Output Based Aid, (OBA) project at Riat Institute. This project was made possible through a loan by Cooperative Bank and World Bank and backed by the Water Services Trust Fund, WSTF. This fund has helped KIWASCO lay down the requisite infrastructure for developing the water distribution network in the area. Two huge water tanks have been set up at Riat Institute, with the water supply coming from Kajulu water works.

This was just phase one of the project.

The repayments of this fund is backed by WSTF, which has provided up to 60% of the money as subsidy to KIWASCO to aid also in providing connection to the community members, as a pro-poor project giving users up to 24 months in repayment.

The sustainability and repayment obligation for KIWASCO depends on the members of the community connecting their premises up to a total of 1,500 households. Water connection forms have been distributed in the area.

This OBA project is going to support KIWASCO to reach out to 85% of the residents of Kisumu in four years time.

There’s going to be a phase two of the project that will reach out to the residents of West Kisumu.

Having set itself as an institution of excellence and getting the much revered ISO 9001:2008 certification, KIWASCO now also becomes ISO 9001:2015 certified after successfully meeting the stringent sets of rules of this global standard.

ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). KIWASCO will use the standard to demonstrate their ability to consistently provide water and sanitation services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.


As part of enhancing their service delivery and identity, KIWASCO has also redefined itself as a sanitation services provider.

Change of Name

This then called for a name change from Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company Ltd to Kisumu Water and Sanitation Company Ltd.

The initials remain KIWASCO.

This also saw in a fun-filled evening last night at The Grand Royal Swiss Hotel a launch of their new LOGO brand identity, which has a small change away from the all blue shade they had. There’s an additional green color in to it.

Old Logo

As part of change in identity, they have also revamped their website to match the changes above and also to be a user friendly portal that will address the clients services needs and requirements.

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