BUWASSCO to take charge of Kocholia-Malakisi water scheme

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Busia County Executive Committee Member for Water and Sanitation Gregory Odeke
Busia County Executive Committee Member for Water and Sanitation Gregory Odeke

Busia Water and Sewerage Services Company (BUWASSCO) will take over the operations of Kocholia-Malakisi water scheme from Nzoia Water Services Company (NZOWASCO).

Busia County Executive Committee Member for Water and Sanitation Gregory Odeke said the scheme will formally be handed over on November 17th 2016. Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong will preside over the event.

“We have requested World Vision to transform it into a massive solar pumping scheme both at intake and at treatment level,” he said.

NZOWASCO was formed under the Companies Act (CAP 486) on 4th February 2004 and became operational a year later on 9th February 2005.

It was mandated to provide water and sewerage services within the County governments of Bungoma and Trans Nzoia. The services were also extended to Kakamega and Busia counties.

The company operated five water treatment areas including that of Kocholia in Busia County.  A pumping system was also used at Kocholia water treatment works.

Odeke said the solar pumping scheme will also extend to Adanya and Ketebat-Kaeset in Angurai Division.

He said plans are also in the pipeline to extend the solar powered pumping schemes to other parts of the County starting with Mundika Scheme.

“We want to convert all schemes in Busia into solar powered so as to reduce the cost of   water and high electricity bills,” he said.