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Wasreb Launches Impact 15 2023 Report In Mombasa


WASREB launched the IMPACT 15 2023 Report at colourful event in Mombasa in June 2023. The report analyses the performance of the water services sector for year 2021/2022. Speaking during the launch, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Water and Sanitation Hon. Alice Wahome said to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 6, access to safe water & sanitation, and sound management of freshwater resources, are priority. Wahome added that the low revenue on water that is not accountable for has either been lost through theft, leakages, inefficiency, faulty meters, or lack of good systems.

The CS noted that it stands at 70 per cent coverage for accessing safe and drinking water and 32 per cent coverage for sanitation, adding that the National government continues to support water development and management and its transmission to the counties.

The report covered the period 2021/22 and has analysed the performance of 92 water service providers, four of which are private, in the 47 counties.

The Impact Report assesses the performance of the sector by monitoring nine key indicators: Water Coverage, Sanitation Coverage, Unaccounted for Water, Hours of Supply, Metering, Revenue Collection efficiency, O&M cost Coverage, and Staff Productivity.

The report has recorded an improvement in the performance of water service providers. The Country has recorded an improvement in the percentage of piped water systems in the regulated utilities by 2 percent from a previously reported 60 percent.

WASREB Ag. CEO Dr. Julius Itunga reassured that the Regulator was committed to high performance and ensuring timely response to the demands of the consumers.

In terms of Key Performance Indicators and Trends in Water and Sanitation coverage, see below;

Performance highlights

  1. a) Water Coverage
  • Improved from 60% to 62% for piped water systems in the regulated utilities.
  • There was additional 794,011 people served compared to an increase in number of people within the service area of the WSPs of 459,781 
  • Production during the period increased by 0.9% and similarly the turnover increased by 6.3%
  • There was also a growth of active water connections from the previous 1.27 million to 1.36 million representing a 7.1% growth
  • The population served increase from 15.7 million to 16.5 million representing a 5.1% growth.

(b) Drinking Water Quality

  • The national average was 95%. An improvement was noted in all the size categories.

(c) Hours of Supply

  • Marginally improved from 16 to 17, with all size categories recording an improvement
  • The per capita consumption decreased from 30 litres per capita per day to 28 litres per capita per day.

(d) Non-Revenue Water Reduction

  • Non-Revenue Water period has remained relatively constant at 45%   
  • In financial terms, the sector lost slightly more than KShs. 11.2 Billion annually
  • The amount lost annually in terms of volume is 205 million cubic meters

(e) Metering 

  • Metering level was at 95% which was a decline from 96% in the previous period 
  • Higher metering levels mean metering is being utilised as a tool for accounting for the water produced. 

(f) Staff Productivity

  • The average staff productivity remained at seven (7)
  • The Small category registered a slight improvement from 24 to 20 staff per 1,000 connections.

(g) Personnel Expenditure as a Percentage of O+M Costs

  • There was a slight improvement in performance of this indicator from 50% in 2020/21 to 47% in 2021/22. This improvement was observed in all categories of WSPs.

(h) Revenue Collection Efficiency

  • Overall, performance in this indicator improved from 94% in 2020/21 to 95% in 2021/22.

(i) Cost Coverage 

  • Cost coverage declined three percentage points from 99% to 96%. This is a steady decline from previous years that should be curbed.

(j) Sewered Sanitation Coverage

  • The population served with sewerage services remained constant at 16% in the regulated WSPs despite the number of people served increasing by 5.7%.
  • This increase was equivalent to 231,779 people which is low compared to 459,781 increase in service area population.
  • The average number of people served per connection increased from 9.4 in 2019/20 to 12.8 in the current period.

(k) Sanitation Coverage

  • The overall sanitation for the period remained constant at 93%. 

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