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Nakuru embarks on the reduction of Non-Revenue Water Management losses

The Nakuru County Government has embarked on the reduction of Non-Revenue Water (NRW) losses to ensure the efficient use of water resources, reduction of operational costs, and enhancement of the overall performance of water services.

The County Executive Member for Environment and Water Resources Dr. Nelson Maara noted that full utilization of the available water sources will be instrumental in getting the maximum output of the precious commodity without necessarily drilling more boreholes. He was speaking yesterday during a workshop on NRW at a Nakuru hotel.

He said that non-revenue water management is important for the efficiency and sustainability of water supply systems. Further, he clarified that NRW refers to water that is lost before it reaches the end-user and does not generate revenue for the water utility.

Dr. Maara stated that in most cases the losses occur through leaks, theft, inaccurate metering, and other factors. He added that the reduction of power bills through the introduction of solar energy to pump water from sources will help water companies maximize output and increase their profits.

Also, he said water companies incur significant costs in treating and distributing water. Hence, minimizing losses due to NRW reduces the need for water treatment and pumping, leading to cost savings.

Additionally, he said leaks and other forms of NRW losses can damage infrastructure over time. And, proper control of seepages supports better asset management by reducing wear and tear on pipes, pumps, and other components of the water supply system.

Apart from that, the officer said water management was a central cog in the mitigation of climate change since all living things depend on the essential commodity from human beings to animals, and trees.

Unfortunately, he stated that the greatest contributor to unreliable water supply in the country was through outflows, drips, and trickles that weren’t repaired promptly. Thus, reducing losses helps maintain optimal water pressure in the distribution system, ensuring that consumers receive water at the right pressure levels.

Dr. Maara observed that competent, and resourceful management of NRW would enhance accountability of water services to the public and stakeholders by demonstrating responsible and sustainable water resource practices in the country.

By Veronica Bosibori

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