The Mombasa County department of Water and natural resources has embarked on illegal water disconnection exercise after series of complaints from locals.
Mombasa County Executive Member in charge of the department Fatuma Awale said that the illegal water connections in the County has denied many residents access to water services right at their door steps.
Speaking in Mombasa Ms Awale said that the long term measures will enable locals access the basic commodity without hindrances.
She said that all the Sub-Counties are affected by the dubious water connections practiced mostly by rich and business people who have for a long time stored thousands of litres of water in their houses while those neighboring them starve for the basic commodity.
While launching ‘Tuwa tugawe’ water project within Kisauni Sub County recently, Ms Awale cautioned those who have illegally connected water to their homes or businesses that they will face stern actions.
“This exercise will highly depend on the cooperation from you our people, we want to serve you better that is why we are taking these measures to enable you access clean and adequate water in your homes,” she said.
Awale appealed to the County administration to assist the County government in identifying the areas mostly affected so that all those accessing the basic commodity illegally are immediately disconnected.
“Recently we embarked on inspecting water kiosks within the County since our people were complaining about severe water shortages and our focus is now on residential houses that illegally own water taps,” she noted.
She said that the move was not meant to victimise any business entity but ensure justice for all Mombasa residents.
Awale also urged locals to head to the Mombasa water and sewerage company so that they are issued with new registered water meters so that they get proper water connections.