- This was 62 percent in non-revenue water, which is above the 25 percent allowable loss.
- Non-revenue water refers to water that has been produced but is not billed.
- The company had inherited debts amounting to Sh81 million from the national government which were yet to be settled.
A water firm in Nyeri has said that old and dilapidated pipe network is blamed for loss in revenue amounting to Sh180 million.
The pipe, it says, has contributed to frequent bursts and leakages.
The Othaya-Mukurwe-ini Water and Sanitation Company lost the highest amount of water compared to the five water companies in Nyeri County in the financial year ended June 2017.
According to a report prepared by the County Assembly Public Investment Committee, the firm produced 6.2 million cubic metres of water but only 2.8 million cubic meters were billed to costumers.
This means the company lost 3.8 million cubic metres of water, representing a loss of 62 percent in non-revenue water (NRW) which is above the 25 percent allowable loss according to the Water Services Regulatory Board guidelines.
“The significant level of NRW may negatively impact on the company’s profitability and its long-term sustainability,” noted the Committee Chairman Erastus Karanja.
Non-revenue water refers to water that has been produced but is not billed and is further considered as “lost” as a results of leaks or illegal connections.