Kajiado North schools face Covid-19 risk after water disconnection

Kajiado County Governor Joseph ole Lenku after a meeting with Oloolaiser Company committee . File Picture

By Obegi Malack

Learning institutions in Kajiado North sub county face Covid-19 surge after Kenya Power disconnected electricity supply to Oloolaiser Water and Sewerage Company Limited (OWSC) after failing to pay electricity debt.

The company owes the power company more than Sh35 million, an amount that has been increasing each month.

Schools in the region that depend on the company for supply of water have now no alternative but to go against guidelines on health and safety protocols for reopening of basic education institutions.

In Ole Kasasi High School, the head teacher said they depend on rain water after the company failed to supply them with water for some months now.

“We are facing a lot of difficulties, we depend on rain water and we are praying it rains before the water gets finished again,” he said.

At Nakeel Boys, the Principal Kennedy Mwaniki said they have been experiencing water challenges for a long period but have sorted out the issue. Athi Water has drilled a borehole and provided a solar system one of a kind in the region.

In other schools visited by County Press, taps remain dry with students exposed to Covid-19 risk as some of the schools have gone without water for months now after KPLC switched off power in boreholes managed by the Oloolaiser Company.

In a message to consumers the water company indicated that there will be water supply interruption due to power disconnection at their various production sources.

It further read that the company has been having challenges in the operating environment, but is making efforts to resolve them. It called on the consumers to make payment of outstanding water bills for service sustainability. Meanwhile the company has new board members who are expected to begin work soon.

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