Murang’a county government demands to get 25 percent of revenue collected from water supplied to Nairobi residents.
Governor Mwangi wa Iria has said Murang’a residents should benefit from resources obtained from the county that benefits other neighbouring regions.
He noted that more than 80 percent of water consumed in Nairobi City County is drawn from the region, yet majority of local residents lack piped water in their homes.
Wa Iria observed that Nairobi Water Company which manages Ndakaini dam, levies city dwellers for water supplied saying the collected revenue should also benefit people from where the commodity is sourced.
“We have Ndakaini dam which solely gives Nairobi county water and yet our people have been living without the precious commodity. We want part of collected revenue to help in connecting local residents with piped water,” he said on Tuesday, when he met community health workers in Maragua.
Less than 40 percent of Murang’a people are connected with clean piped water for domestic use as others rely on wells, dams and rivers for the basic commodity.
Murang’a County has eight permanent rivers whose water flows to neighbouring counties.
Currently the national government is constructing a water tunnel collector with aim to increase water volume at Ndakaini dam located in Gatanga Sub County.
The tunnel is expected to draw overflow water from three rivers including Irate, Gikigi and Maragua.
A section of Murang’a residents have raised concerns over the tunnel saying the promised projects which were to be implemented as appreciation for the tunnel have not yet started.
“People living in Nairobi are our relatives and majority also come from here but if they are charged for the water they get, then residents of Murang’a County should also get part of the revenue,” added Wa Iria.
The governor said he will organize several public participation forums with residents of the county so as to deliberate on how they will benefit from their water resources.
“If counties like Turkana are benefiting from oil also Murang’a should benefit from water supplied to other counties,” stressed Wa Iria.
By Bernard Munyao