April 25th 2017

Society / Health & Science

Public health office mulling legal action against Naivasha Water Company

“You are hereby directed to immediately unblock the prison line, disinfect all the contaminated land and refrain from such actions in future failure to which you will face legal action.”

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 20 Jul 2016 21:21 EAT

Public health officials in Naivasha Sub-County have threatened to take legal action against Naivasha Water Sewerage and Sanitation Company, which cut off the sewer system for Naivasha Prison last week.

The company switched off the main sewer line serving the prison over an Sh8.1 million debt, a decision that forced the prison to discharge its waste into the streets, posing health dangers to residents.

The public health department wants the water company to reconnect the system immediately or face legal action. In a notice pinned on the water company’s main entrance, the Naivasha sub-county public health officer, Carolyne Vata, directed:

“You are hereby directed to immediately unblock the prison line, disinfect all the contaminated land and refrain from such actions in future failure to which you will face legal action.”

The dispute between the prison and the water company has ignited concern at the Nakuru county government, under whose jurisdiction the water company falls, that the national government (which controls the prison) was impeding water service development through its accumulation of water bills.

Most of the company’s outstanding bills were owed by national government agencies, a state of affairs that obtains in other water jurisdictions in the county. Just like with Naivasha Prison, the Nakuru prison owes the Nakuru water company Sh13 million.

The Naivasha Water Company’s chief executive, Joseph Theuri, said the company needed the Naivasha Prison's bill paid to enable it improve physical infrastructure and service delivery. “We are undertaking efforts to have water available to residents up to 20 hours a day and this will only be possible if all our debtors pay the outstanding bills,” he said.

Mr Theuri said the company had increased water supply to Naivasha Town from four to 16 hours every day over the past year as part of its efforts to meet growing demand.

Theuri said the company had asked the Nakuru county government to assist in the company’s efforts to have the bills from national government agencies paid.

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