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Nakuru factories to pay heavily for water

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui . FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Water services regulatory board chief executive Robert Gakubia said industries and other commercial entities consuming between 1,000 litres to 6,000 litres monthly will pay Sh67.69 a litre from Sh53, reflecting a 27.7 percent rise.
  • Heavy or industrial consumers or those using between 7,000 litres and 20,000 litres will pay Sh78.10 a litre from Sh68, representing a 14.9 percent rise.

Factories in Nakuru will be the hardest hit by the regulators’ approval of higher water tariffs to offer the utility firm more cash to upgrade its supply network.

Water services regulatory board chief executive Robert Gakubia said industries and other commercial entities consuming between 1,000 litres to 6,000 litres monthly will pay Sh67.69 a litre from Sh53, reflecting a 27.7 percent rise.

Heavy or industrial consumers or those using between 7,000 litres and 20,000 litres will pay Sh78.10 a litre from Sh68, representing a 14.9 percent rise.

The utility requires additions cash to upgrade its ageing network to cut leakages and funding for laying new water infrastructure.

Government and domestic consumers of up to 6,000 litres monthly will pay Sh57.27 from Sh48 a litre or 19.3 percent more while households with an intake of between 7,000 litres to 20,000 litres will pay Sh70.81 a litre from Sh63.

“Notice is given that all prices for water and sewerage services will be as follows for all meter readings to be taken from October,1 2020 to June 30th 2021,” said engineer Gakubia. The price hike spells more pain for struggling companies owing to the Covid-19 pandemic that has disrupted commercial activities.






leading to low profit margins and increased operation costs due to disrupted supply chains as well as investments in personal protective equipment.

The cosmopolitan agricultural cum commercial service town continues to attract multi-billion shilling investments with the latest being Devki Group that opened a Sh6 billion plant that will produce 750,000 tonnes of cement located within Salgaa area on the Nakuru-Eldoret.

Edible oils and detergent conglomerate, Bidco Africa also partnered with Land’O Lakes to launch a Sh1.2 billion animal feeds factory in Nakuru wile a Sh3 billion NPK compound granulation plant with capacity to produce 100,000 tonnes annually was opened last week.

Nakuru’s Kenya Railway line to Western Kenya is also undergoing repairs and will soon excite higher flow of visitors and traders as well as facilitate movement of raw materials to its many factories.

The 51,000 litre to 100,000 litre consumers have been slapped with a Sh104 per litre bill up from Sh100 and those consuming above 101,000 litres to 300,000 litres will pay Sh124.96 a litre up from Sh120.

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