Nairobi County seeks to reform Water and Sewerage Company
The Nairobi County government has proposed reforms to the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Limited through the County Assembly Bills, 2023.
If the Bill is passed, the Governor will be fully responsible for the company as it will be monitored and evaluated by the County Executive.
Through the Bill, which has been submitted to the County Water Committee, the administration of Governor Johnson Sakaja has proposed several changes with the intention of improving services to residents.
Among the changes is the establishment of the Nairobi City County Water and Sewerage Services Corporation, which will replace the current Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Limited.
According to the Bill, the Corporation will establish service delivery, operations and customer service offices at sub-county and ward levels and may further decentralise as necessary to ensure optimal service delivery.
The functions of the company include the provision and management of water and sewerage services, the development and maintenance of infrastructure for water and sewerage services in the county, including water works, the development and maintenance of adequate water supply systems for domestic, commercial and other purposes, and the development and maintenance of infrastructure for sewerage services in the county, including primary, secondary and tertiary systems, among others.
The Bill also provides that the Governor will establish a Board of the Corporation to be appointed by the Governor.
The members of the Corporation will include a non-executive Chairman appointed by the Governor and eight other members appointed taking into account the range of professional skills and stakeholder interests in water and sewerage services.
The eight members will include a representative of the Chief Officer for Finance, a representative of the Chief Officer for Water and Sewerage Services, and four members appointed based on professional competence in the following areas: human resource management, information and technology, business administration, customer service, one member representing the public interest and one member representing youth.
The Bill also proposes the establishment of the Nairobi City County Water Services Development Fund, to be managed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Governor.