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Water points installed to counter spread of Covid-19

A Murang’a water company has established water points within Murang’a town and neighbouring shopping centers to enable residents wash their hands and enhance hygiene.

Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (Muwasco) is targeting to install more than 200 water points at various locations within the town and shopping centres as people are encouraged to wash their hands to counter the spread of coronavirus.

Matatu terminii and markets are to be given priority considering the large number of people using the social amenities.

Muwasco managing director engineer Daniel Ng’ang’a has said so far, 50 tanks have already been installed and by the end of the week, all other tanks with a capacity of 4,000 litres will be put in place.

“As a sanitation company we have taken initiative to ensure residents of Murang’a town and other neighboring towns always get clean water and soap to frequently wash their hands as the country is committed to counter the spread of coronavirus,” added Ng’ang’a as he commissioned use of the tanks on Thursday morning.

Ng’ang’a said the company is also putting up water outlets at informal settlements to allow low-income earners access the crucial commodity  for free.

Representatives of all local water companies have been included in the county technical committee which was formed at the beginning of week to ensure laid down measures to control spread of the deadly disease.

The Managing Director further noted that they would ensure continuous supply of clean water to all the company customers especially this time the country is facing the threat of covid-19.

At the same time, the county Public Health officer Joseph Kuria has urged the locals to embrace use of homemade sanitizers given that the ones being sold in the shops have become expensive.

“People can use the locally available ingredients that are the surgical spirit, water and glycerine to make sanitizers,” he said.

Kuria said they were working closely with government officers to ensure the laid down measures were followed.

Other measures the county government of Murang’a has employed to contain the disease include closing operations of all bars and restraining people from holding weddings among other social activities.

Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria was forced to revoke all liquor licenses after some bar owners defied the directive of stopping their operations.


By Bernard Munyao

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