- Currently, water companies in the Tana region owe the authority Sh34 million.
- Mr Mutambu said WRA will consult all stakeholders including consumers before increasing the rates.
- He maintained that the review is inevitable, adding that the increment is “long overdue”.
The Water Resources Authority (WRA) has said it is reviewing rates for bulk water users in a move expected to increase charges for the basic commodity for end users.
WRA Chairman Joe Mutambu said the firms pay so little money which is not enough for the authority to carry out its activities.
But Mr Mutambu said WRA will consult all stakeholders including consumers before increasing the rates.
He lamented that despite the “meagre” charges levied for the supply of water to the firms, some of them do not pay, forcing the regulator to disconnect supply.
Currently, water companies in the Tana region owe the authority Sh34 million.
Some water firms have, however, denied owing the authority any money, with an official at the Meru Water and Sewerage Services (Mewass) saying they have paid all their dues.
However, it is the move to increase the rates that is likely to face opposition from the water firms.
It is expected to see a hike in the charges of the essential commodity across the country, with water service providers saying they will also increase retail charges once WRA reviews the rates upwards.