Water tariffs will be raised by 139.6 percent in Nyeri to give utility from more money to upgrade its supply network.
Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company Limited (Nyewasco) invited the public to comment on the proposed water tariff increase through the latest Kenya Gazette notice.
“Nyewasco proposes an upward tariff review to enable the water utility to operate at full cost recovery and meet conditions for improving service delivery,” the notice said.
Some of the hardest-hit companies are the government entities where consumers of between 1 unit to 50 units have been bulked together and will pay Sh75 a unit for less than 50 units equal to 135.6 percent for the lowest consumers of below 10 units who are currently paying Sh31.4 per unit.
Nyewasco will charge Sh47 per cubic meter or 1000 liters for small domestic users who consume less than 10 unis, from the current Sh31.84, showing an increase of 47.6 percent.
Domestic users who consume between 11 units to 20 units will be charged Sh75 per unit from the current Sh44.30 per unit an equivalent to a 69.3 percent increase.
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Government entities using consuming between 11 units to 20 units will pay Sh44.30, a 69.3 percent increase while those using between 21 units to 40 units and currently paying Sh50.05 will suffer an increase of 49.8 percent.
“Nyewasco proposes an upward tuff review to enable the water utility to operate at full cost recovery and meet conditions for improving service delivery,” said the notice.
Even as residents struggle with the economic difficultly brought in by Covid-19, Nyewasco said its planned increased rate was necessitated by the need to improve service to its customers.