6 September 2013

Kenya: Taps Run Dry for Two Weeks

RESIDENTS of Bomet town have been going without water supply for two weeks. Kenya Power disconnected electricity supply to the Bomet Water and Sanitation Company.

Residents have been using untreated water from Nyongores River. Public Health officials have warned residents against consuming untreated water because they risk contracting waterborne diseases Boda boda operators are cashing on the shortage after leaving their usual transport businesses.

"Residents should be aware that the water they are buying from boda boda operators is not safe for consumption,they should boil the water before use," said a health officer. County executive member in charge of water, Joseph Langat said the electricity bills amount to Sh7 million.

Langat said the bills accrued over several months. He said the county government is engaging Kenya Power to restore electricity connection as it explores modalities of settling the bills. "We are in talks so that normal water supply returns and the county government prepares to sort out the bills," added Langat.

Residents have threatened to stage a peaceful demonstration to protest the what they term laxity in sorting out the water problem. However, the water supplier has blamed the huge bills by clients who delay in paying water bills to the company for the water shortage.

"Many of our clients as we speak have water bills running to millions and we have disconnected the supply and this how the problem of water shortage is cause as we donot have means to pay when client do not pay their bills," said an official at Bomet water and sanitation company.

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