7 June 2012

Kenya: Malindi Water Tariffs Set to Go Up From July

Malindi Water and Sewerage Company (MAWASCO) is set to increase its water tariffs from July this year following high electricity and water pipes costs.

Top Company officials said they proposed the tarifs increase after the Coast water Board increased bulk water sold to MAWASCO from Sh 20 per cubic metre to Sh 25. Speaking during a stakeholders' consultative meeting to review the proposed new tariffs, Board of Directors Chairperson Christine Karani said it would be difficult to supply water effectively under the current water tariffs which were last reviewed in 2009.

She said they came up with new rates which would be favorable to consumers and enable them meet the high costs of operation to ensure smooth water supply. "We intend to increase the water tariffs by only two percent to ensure there is a balance and that locals do not feel over charged by paying for the commodity which is one of the basic rights in the constitution," MAWASCO Commercial Manager Gerald Mwambirehe said.

Mwambire said their aim was to ensure water was affordable and at the same enable them meet the operational costs of supply since they do not get any profits out of it. In the proposed tariffs schools and bulky water sellers will however not be affected in the proposed new tariffs. The bulky water sellers will continue buying water at Sh 30 per cubic metres while schools will continue enjoying the same rate of Sh 40 from between one to 600 cubic metres of water.

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