Water stakeholders at the Coast held a crisis meeting following a three-day acute shortage in Mombasa, Kilifi and Malindi. Speaking to the press at the CWSB offices yesterday, Coast Water Services Board boss James Thubu however assured residents that the supply will resume by 6pm.
“There were operational problems at the Baricho Waterworks caused by the recent floods,” Thubu said. A source said the board had deliberately switched off the water pumps at Baricho following increased debts by water service providers.
“We deliberately cut off supply because the water service providers do not want to pay electricity bills. We pay about Sh30 million per month in electricity bills. We cannot sustain this unless they pay us,” said the source. Thubu denied that water service providers do not pay their electricity bills.
He insisted that the damage on their three wells in Baricho by the recent heavy rains caused the shortage. In yesterday’s meeting the players discussed the logistics of introducing a new water provision system that the CWSB wants to implement.
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