The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: New Chiefs Hope to Revive Mombasa Water Firm

The new Mombasa Water Company hopes to recover more than Sh600 million in arrears from government and individual clients. The arrears accumulated over a period of 10 years and were inherited from the National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation.

Mombasa Water took over National Water in 2005. Speaking while being introduced to the media, managing director Alome Achayo said the new management will focus on generating revenue.

She said the company's infrastructure has already been laid out. Achayo also said her management will ensure it reduce costs. She said the company has to sustain itself because it does not get any money from the government.

Achayo said there is more water flowing into the pipes now. But she said a lot of plumbing work and fitting of pipes had to be done for the water to flow.

"The biggest challenge for us now is how to increase our revenue collection. Many people have not been paying for their water and we had been losing a lot of water through breakages and illegal consumption," said Achayo. "All that water that is lost is money to us."

The MD said the biggest challenge facing the company was vandalism, which she said is "a stress on the company." "A section of Nyali Estate's pipe system was destroyed. We had to repair the system and it was starin on our scarce resources." said the MD.

"Our consumers do not want to hear long stories, what they want is water." She said the cost putting up a new small pipeline is more than Sh1.2 million.

Other members of the management team include acting operations manager Henry Ndegwa, business and customer services general manager Jamal Ahmed, human resource acting general manager Amos Galole and corporate affairs manager Sarah Lang'at.

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