TURKANA: Residents of Lodwar town have gone without water for the second week now.
Taps have been without water for the last two week forcing residents to buy water from vendors and use dirty water from the nearby River Kerio risking water-borne diseases.
According to the Star, KPLC disconnected the power supply to the water system operated by Lodwar Water Services Company last week over KSh11 million unpaid bill.
Former Lodwar councilor, Lazurus Loyanae faulted the county government of Turkana for the crisis.
“We are experiencing a water shortage caused by the laxity of the county government. The pandemic is still with us and we are required to wash our hands regularly, how do we adhere to that without water?” he said.
He also faulted Lodwar Water Services Company (LOWASCO) for taking advantage of crisis to sell water to residents at kSh20 for a 20-litre jerrican at Moi Gardens water source.
“Water sources have dried up, and are only left with the option of buying water yet not all people can afford that. Therefore, I urge the county government and LOWASCO to provide water for us within 24 hours,” he reiterated further.
A report by The Star confirms that Turkana Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro has ordered LOWASCO and county treasury to finalise payment of an initial Sh5.4million before June, which is part of a Sh11 million power bill.
Kenya Power’s county business manager Damaris Akal promised that power connection to the water systems will be restored once the commitments agreed were delivered.