Karuri Water and Sanitation Company started operations on 1st June 2008 with its offices located behind the original Karuri Market location on your way to Karuri High School. Karuri Water and Sanitation Company is wholly owned by the County Government Of Kiambu. Its amongst the eight water service providers in the County. The Company started with two boreholes which were being operated by Karuri Town Council but only one was operational. The borehole was serving Karuri and Banana areas.
OUR MISSION, VISION AND CORE VALUES
KAWSCO PAY POINTS
All cheque payments to be made to KARURI WATER & SANITATION Co. Ltd and deposited at Co-operative bank Account No. 01109410730000
At the start of the company, there were less than 100 active connections but at the end of the first financial year i.e. 2008/2009, the connections had risen to 1518 connections.This was through reviving dormant connections, rehabilitation of "Mombasa" borehole and taking over management of community water projects e.g Kimuga water project. By the end of the second financial year (2009/2010) the company managed to increase its customer base to 2258, customer base in 2010/2011 increased to 3180 and by December 2011 to 3247. Currently the connection stand at 8000 with about 6500 active accounts. This increase is attributed to:
- Extension of distribution mains
- Rehabilitation and management of of stalled community water projects e.g. Kimuga water project, Upper Waguthu water project, Gathiri water project and Muchatha water project.
3.Taking over management of newly completed/operating water projects e.g Waguthu water project, Karura Wangunyu Water Project, Ndenderu, Kianjogu, Gatwikira water project and Kawaida water project.
The company's water sources are boreholes and bulk water purchase from Nairobi Water Company. The company is currently operating 13 boreholes spread out through our area of jurisdiction. The production of water rose from 5,040m3 per month when the company started to the current average of 126,000m3 per month(4,200m3/day). The current demand according to recent studies carried out is 11,164m3/day. This amount is not adequate for our area and it is distributed through rationing. Through the County Government of Kiambu, Athi Water services board and other development partners,reliable and adequate source of water, preferably a gravity water system from a dam, is being sought as this will enable our operational cost to drastically reduce and this will translate into lower water tariffs.This will enable the company increase its coverage to over 80%. The company's area of jurisdiction covers Kiambaa Sub County with five wards i.e. Karuri, Cianda, Muchatha, Ndenderu, and Kihara. According to 2009 population census, the population within our area of jurisdiction stood at 152,329.