BY PHILIP KIPROTICH
Residents of Litein town and its environs have gone without water for the past two months.
Following the biting shortage of the precious commodity schools, hotels, hospitals and residential houses have been forced to use untreated water from streams and springs around.
The water shortage came as result of disconnection of power at the pump at intake point on Itare River in Bomet County after Kericho Water and Sanitation company (Kewasco) allegedly failed to settle an electricity bill of Sh31 million.
Yesterday Litein town business people, elders and some opinion leaders issued a press statement in the town where they urged the Kericho County administration to address the issue as matter of urgency.
They were led by Council of the Kipsigis Elders Secretary Edwin Kimetto and business people Wilson Sigei, Geoffrey Rono and Johnstone Koech who demanded explanations from the water company and county administration over the shortage that has lasted close two months now.
“We demand answers from the water company and the county administration why they did not address the problem yet water consumers pay prompt water bills every other day” Kimetto said.
He said residents and domestic animals risk contracting water borne diseases for using untreated water from unprotected sources around.
“We as town residents are suffering too much because we’re forced to buy water from water peddlers who are using donkeys to ferry it around estates, shops and institutions “they said.
The water peddlers or hawkers are making a kill because they sell a 20 litre container at Sh30.
They called on Governor Paul Chepkwony to intervene and ensure the electricity bill is settled as soon as possible vowing to hold peaceful protests Litein town until water supply is restored.
“There’s no reason why Water Company should not clear the pending electricity bill because people’s water metres were not disconnected due to non-payment of water bills” said Kimetto.
They also protested the move by Kewasco to take over Tilibei Water and Sanitation company that used to serve Bureti sub county arguing that before the move, there was no frequent water supply interruptions.
Power to the pump at intake on Itare River was allegedly disconnected by Kenya Power company after Kewasco failed to settle a bill of Sh30 million.
Contacted for comments John Morombi Operations Manager in Bureti sub county admitted water supply to the affected areas was disconnected due to the electricity bill.
He however said the issue is addressed and the matter is expected to be sorted out before today (Thursday) saying water supply resumes today.