Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company Ltd received a Conditional liquidity support grant through the Water Services Trust Fund from the World Bank and other development partners to finance operating costs to ensure efficient water supply during the Covid 19 emergency response interventions. A short grant agreement signing exercise was conducted on 04/02/2021 at Maji house which houses the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation offices in Nairobi.
NYEWASCO has been playing a critical role in the fight against the spread of Covid 19 since its outbreak early last year. The company constructed 64 free hand washing points in strategic places such as bus stops, health facilities among others targeting members of public to increase access to clean running water for hand washing in an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid 19. The company in consultation with the County Government of Nyeri also waved water bills for customers in low income area of Witemere in Nyeri town in the month of April 2020 to enable the residents to combat the spread of the Corona virus by maintaining high standards of sanitation. The free hand washing points are active to date. Proper hand washing with soap and running water has been identified as one of the effective methods of combating the spread of Covid 19 virus by the World Health Organization.
During the ceremony, cabinet secretary in the ministry of Water,Sanitation and Irrigation Cicily Kariuki reiterated the national government’s commitment to increase water and sanitation coverage in the country to 80 and 40% respectively up from water coverage of 69% and sanitation coverage of 26 %. This target is set to be achieved in one calendar year. The cabinet secretary urged all stakeholders to work together since the achievement of the targets will take concerted efforts.
Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company testing and calibration laboratories are among the first laboratories to have undergone the stringent assessment and successfully transitioned to the new ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 Standard accreditation in Kenya. This gives increased confidence on the accuracy and reliability of the results issued from the laboratories for the period Jan 2020- November 2024.
The laboratory offers sampling and testing services from various water sources as follows;
• Drinking Water e.g. treated piped water, bottled water etc.
• Surface Water e.g. Rivers, streams, dams, etc.
•Groundwater e.g. Boreholes, wells, springs etc.
• Mineral Water e.g. Bottled water etc.
• Deionize Water
• Effluent Water e.g. Raw sewage and final effluents
Our lab also serves as National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) reference lab.
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IMPACT 12: A performance Report of Kenya’s Water Services Sector 2018/19
An award ceremony was held on 25/01/2021 at the White Rhino Hotel Nyeri County to recognize winners of the performance report of Kenyas’ Water Services Sector 2018/19 Impact Issue no 12 where NYEWASCO emerged top in the following categories;
(1) Top performing utility overall number 1
(2) Top in very large category
(3) Top Tana region
(4) Top in Non Revenue Water
The sector regulator (WASREB) released the report on 6th July 2020.
In the report dubbed Impact 12, the performance of the water services sector for the financial year 2018/19 was reviewed. The regulator continues to develop and roll out a number of guidelines that are geared towards streamlining service provision and ensure the protection of the rights of the consumer. Some of these include;
Business Planning, Water and Sanitation Services Provision in Rural and Underserved Areas, Water Safety Planning, Water Vending, Corporate Governance and Pro-Poor Water and Sanitation Services guidelines.
These guidelines serve as the yardstick with which WASREB uses to evaluate the performance of individual Water Services Providers (WSP’s) within one financial year.
Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company scooped the first position overall with 177 points out the possible 200 points.
This is an improvement from FY 2017/2018 where it scored 163 points. The company has held the number 1 position for the last 12 years in a row.
While receiving the trophies, the Ag. MD Eng. Peter Kahuthu thanked the entire staff and the board of directors for their stellar performance and dedication which has seen them achieve this success as well as the exemplary leadership of the late MD CPA Peter Gichaaga during whose tenure the report was conducted.
In addition, the chairman of the board of directors Mr. Patrick Munuhe thanked all staff, esteemed customers and all stakeholders for the exemplary performance. He also urged the NYEWASCO team to uphold the number one positions won and strive to improve on all other key performance indicators as the company strives to deliver quality services to her customers. He also expressed his gratitude to the County Government of Nyeri for its continued support under the leadership of H. E Governor Mutahi Kahiga.
Eng. Robert Gakubia lauded the company’s management for their continued good performance and their commitment to the data validation exercise for FY 2019/20 which is being conducted in the same venue.
Ongoing water pipeline upgrading works on the Njeng’u – Kibaki’s section. 850 meters.
The technical team has been working on the Njeng’u section of the Mweiga supply network upgrading the pipes from 6 inch uPVC TO 8 inch HDPE. This will increase water pressure thus addressing the frequent water interruption experienced in the region.