Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero yesterday appointed immediate former Nairobi mayor George Aladwa to chair the board of Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company.
Aladwa replaces city businessman Peter Kuguru who has chaired the board for three years. Aladwa’s appointment was ratified by shareholders during the company’s Annual General Meeting at the Laico Regency Hotel.
Aladwa was a supporter of Kidero in the March 4, 2013 general election.
Timothy Muriuki, Raphael Mutemi, John Mwangi, Moses Mboko and Abdi Konopo were also appointed to the board. Kuguru said the former board performed its roles diligently.
“When we came, we found the company on its knees. Many staff were on an acting capacity. We started restructuring the company and saw it improve its monthly revenue collection from Sh350 million to more than Sh500 million,” he said.
During the AGM, the managing director Philip Gichuki outlined strategies the company has put in place to increase profitability and improve services.
Gichuki said the customers say they are satisfied with water distribution around city estates in terms of hourly consistency of supply.
He however said the existing water resources can only meet 75 per cent of the demand.
“To meet the demand of water, the team intends to take measures aimed at increasing water production. The company plans to conserve catchment areas and work with other stakeholders,” Gichuki said.
He said non-revenue water has remained the singlemost challenge in realising sustainable revenue generation.