In our quest to achieve 10 percent national tree cover as per the presidential directive, NYWASCO kick started a Tree Planting drive on 29th`July, 2022 at the confluence of Chania and Zaina Rivers. The event was organized by the NYEWASCO Young Water Professionals. The company has a target of planting and growing one million trees in the strategic plan (2021/22 – 2025/26). The team was led by the Managing Director, Eng. Peter Kahuthu. Also present during the exercise were Mr. George Wanjohi, a NYEWASCO customer who donated 3000 bamboo trees to the company in support of its conservation efforts demonstrated so far, Kenya Forest Service staff, Chania River Users Association, CFA representative and staff drawn from Naruwasco and Omwasco Water Services Provoviders. The drive is aimed at conserving the water catchment area as well as to enforce the green ecosystem and encourage biodiversity. Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company organized the event to create awareness on land degradation and the worrying climatic changes facing the globe currently. The event sensitized the community to support the green economy and enhance resilience to climate change risks. Seed Balls Kenya, an Environmental Conservation Organization also donated seed balls which were broadcasted during the event. The tree planting drive is set to continue throughout the wet season.
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Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company Ltd (NYEWASCO) is known in the country and beyond as the best water services provider. This is according to IMPACT REPORT 14 Water Services Utility Performance Report) among 81 utilities in the country for the 14th year in a row.
The second cohort of interns was inducted yesterday on 1st August 2022. The induction exercise which was presided over by the senior management led by the managing director, Eng. Peter Kahuthu whereby 46 candidates were enrolled. The internship programme is a free and fair process which began with advertisement of vacancies. To ensure a wider circulation, the company took advantage of the robust social media platforms that it enjoys to tap into the targeted audience mainly youth who graduated from 2019 to 2022. The placed interns largely capture the face of Kenya in terms of county of origin, ethnicity, education background and institutions of origin.
The successful candidates will undergo rigorous training in different divisions of the company with the technical division taking the giant share. The internship period will run for 11 months up to the end of June 2023. Last month, the first cohort of interns graduated into the job market after acquiring useful skills from the programme.
DEB Muslim primary and Githwariga primary schools located in Nyeri town, benefited from a donation of water storage tanks from the NYEWASCO, under the CSR initiative. The management and the pupils could not hide their joy after receiving the tanks from the company. The tanks came in handy at a time when they were in dire need of water storage facilities. The company donates water storage tanks to schools within its service area to promote water harvesting for sustainable livelihoods for the welfare of their pupils and the whole fraternities at large. NYEWASCO is a socially responsible corporate committed to undertaking CSR activities for the benefit of the community. This fosters good community relations and is a way of giving back to the society.
A report released by the Water Services Regulatory Board for the year 2020/2021 has ranked Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company (NYEWASCO) as the best performing Water Company In Kenya for the 14th year in a row.
An award ceremony was held on 24/06/2022 at a Nairobi hotel to recognize winners of the performance report of Kenyas’ Water Services Sector 2020/2021 Impact Issue no 14 where NYEWASCO emerged top in the following categories;
(1) Top performing utility overall
(2) Top in very large category
(3) Top in Tana region
(4) Top in Non Revenue Water
(5) Top in Pro Poor services
In the report dubbed Impact 14, the performance of the water services sector for the financial year 2020/21 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. The chief guest was Water Secretary in the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation, Eng. Samuel AO Alima who represented Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.
Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company scooped the first position overall with 179 points out the possible 200 points.
This is an improvement from FY 2019/20. The company has held the number 1 position for the last 14 years in a row.
While receiving the trophies, Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company Ltd MD Eng. Peter Kahuthu thanked the County Government of Nyeri under the stewardship of His Excellency Governor Mutahi Kahiga for their support, the board of directors and the entire for their relentless effort and dedication to their work which has seen them achieve this success. He reiterated the management’s commitment to continue delivering reliable water and sanitation services to the citizens of Nyeri Central Sub County and its environs.
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.
Mr. Fredrick Kinyua, CEC in the department of Water, Irrigation, Environment and Climate change who was present during the event congratulated the NYEWASCO team and expressed the County Government’s commitment to support all water utilities in Nyeri County to ensure that all citizens in the County have access to clean water and dependable sanitation services.
The first cohort of interns graduated yesterday on 20th June 2022. This was after one year of intensive training in various departments. Speaking during the graduation, NYEWASCO MD Eng. Peter Kahuthu urged the graduands to exercise all the knowledge garnered during the one year training program in their next workplaces. He also urged them to remain disciplined and committed to their professions even as they separate from the company after successfully completing their training. Other members of the senior management who were present reiterated the MD’s sentiments and wished the graduands success in their job search.
Stakeholder engagement is premised on the notion that ‘those groups who can affect or are affected by the achievements of an organization’s purpose’ should be given the opportunity to comment and input into the development of decisions that affect them. NYEWASCO strives to be a Global Leader in Provision of Quality Water, Sanitation and Allied services at environmentally and economically sustainable levels through application of innovative processes and appropriate technology to the delight of our customers and other stakeholders. It is with this in mind that the company held a stakeholder engagement exercise at the White Rhino Hotel on Wednesday, 8th 2022. During the event stakeholders representing different organizations were given a chance to deliberate on the activities of the company and give feedback which is central to improving accountability within the company as well as to our customers and other stakeholders.
Speaking during the event, the County Executive Committee Member, Department of Water, Environment, Natural Resources and Sanitation Mr. Fredrick Kinyua reiterated the County Governments of Nyeri’s commitment to ensuring that all her residents are served with clean potable water by the end of the year 2022. He also commended NYEWASCO for the exceptional services the company offers to her consumers.
NYEWASCO Managing Director Eng. Peter Kahuthu who hosted the event emphasized on the commitment that the Company has in fulfilling its mandate. He also enlightened the stakeholders of the current challenges NYEWASCO is facing in her quest to meet the ever growing demand for water and sanitation services as well as the steps that the company is taking to curb the challenges.
NYEWASCO is a key player in the water sector in Kenya. The company has held the number one position for the last 13 years according to a performance Report of Kenya’s Water Services Sector which is conducted by the Water Sector Regulatory Board (WASREB).
In line with the Company’s theme for the tree-planting season, ‘save the environment today and it will save you tomorrow’, and in an effort to contribute towards the Government’s target of achieving 10% forest cover by the end of 2022, Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company organised a tree-planting event in Gatei Sewerage Treatment Plant on 20th May 2022 to create awareness on the challenges of land degradation and the need for land restoration initiatives.
The initiative which was led by the Company’s Managing Director Eng. Peter Kahuthu involved all members of staff who took to the field to plant and water the trees. Nyeri County is the leading County in forest cover having attained the Country’s target of 10%.
Speaking during the exercise, the MD urged all members of staff to engage in tree planting activities even in their own homes. The Company has a target of planting 1 million trees every quarter and nurturing them to maturity. During the event, over 5,000 fruit trees were panted.
Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company is known in the country as the best water services provider for 13 years in a rows.
To add to the list of firsts, NYEWASCO brought home the WASCO games second runners up trophy overall in the just concluded 11th edition of the WASCO games that were held in Kisumu County.
The co-curricular activities which involve staff of the water companies are meant to ensure that personnel interact to bring integration and national cohesion. The participants will also have an opportunity to benchmark, co-exist, learn different cultures and also exchange ideas. The 11th edition of WASCO games involved over 6000participants with NYEWASCO being on top of the list with over 140 participants who participated in 13 disciplines. The ball games and choir were held in Kisumu National Polytechnic, while the other games were held in Cosmopolitan, Aga khan Hall, Mama Grace Onyango Social hall and Mambo Leo grounds where the closing ceremony was held. The theme of the 11th edition of the WASCO games was “Fighting non-revenue water through consumer engagement and sports”
NYEWASCO is an all rounded company that is not only geared to providing water, sanitation and allied services to its customers in an efficient, effective manner through its highly skilled staff but also instilling growth of its employees in all areas through activities such as sports that help to foster teamwork
NYEWASCO as a company participated in 13 disciplines namely: Volleyball, Folk song and dance, Table Tennis (Both men and women), Netball, Scrabble, Squash, Athletics (men and women). Pool, Chess Football, Ajua, Draft, Darts where we managed to win a total of 7 trophies.
Twenty-three members of staff graduated from Mathenge Technical Training Institute on 17th March in a ceremony which was graced by the Management. The team which was drawn from both the Technical and Commercial Services and Strategy Divisions passed in their grade 3 test. The training which was fully sponsored by the company was in a bid to improve their skills and service delivery. NYEWASCO is committed to improving its service delivery to all stakeholders and continual training plays an integral role in this process. Speaking during the graduation ceremony, Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company Managing Director Eng. Peter Kahuthu congratulated the graduates on their achievement and urged them to put the newly acquired skills to the benefit of the company. He reiterated the management’s commitment to supporting employees in their efforts to improve academic qualifications