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Water service firms in Nairobi must get licence by mid-May

It will be illegal to do water tanker business after 15 May 2020 without a licence from Water Services Regulatory Board. Sentence is a fine of up to Sh100,000 or a prison term of up to 12 months or both.

Small water service firms in Nairobi have a month to register their businesses. Water Services Regulatory Board has given a list of five firms who must get a licence. The last date is on 15 May 2020.

These firms are water tankers, exhausters, gated community water service firms and private boreholes. The board will also license water projects run by non-governmental companies.

Wasreb has given power to Athi Water Works Development Agency to register and watch the firms in Nairobi.

Why is licensing useful?

The board will make the firms obey set water service rules. It has set rules are on quality, cost and customer care. The rules also cover customers’ health and safety.

In addition, the board will use Water Vending Guideline it gave out earlier. The rules set quality of water given to Kenyans by all sellers. The board wants Kenyans to get quality water by licensing all water sellers.

Price for the crime

A person who gives water services without a licence from Wasreb breaks the law. The sentence is a fine of up to Sh100,000 or a prison term of up to 12 months or both.

The board said it will take to court those who will give water services without a licence after 15 May.

Wasreb, Athi Water Works Development Agency and Nairobi Metropolitan Service will be on watch the law is obeyed.

How to register

It must be done online on Athi Water Works Development Agency website – www.awsboard.go.ke/registration. The agency will not charge any free.

By Kaburu Mugambi

About Kaburu Mugambi

Kaburu Mugambi is a veteran of business reporting having worked with two national newspapers in Kenya. He is a graduate of economics from Kenyatta University. He started his journalism career in 2000 with The People Daily as a business reporter before becoming a business sub-editor. He joined Daily Nation in 2004 as a business writer. He holds a post-graduate diploma in mass communication from University of Nairobi's School of Journalism and an MBA in marketing from the same university. In 2016, he founded Water Tower, a media firm focused on water, energy and climate. Its content cuts across water, energy and climate with emphasis on adaptation and sustainability.

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