The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) has introduced tough new rules in an attempt to reform the water business in the city. 

According to the new rules, water bowsers in Nairobi will have to undergo inspection before commencing operation.  In a notice issued to the public by Nairobi Water Company Managing Director Mr. Nahashon Muguna, the inspection of the water bowsers would start on June 17, 2020 and the operators who will not have been inspected and issued with compliance certificates by July 2, 2020 will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law.

The new measures also require owners of water bowsers to provide a quality certificate of their source of water from a government certified laboratory. They should also ensure the water bowser tank is painted sky blue and that the interior is lined with food bitumen. They should also be fitted with a water sampling point and the tanker volume clearly indicated besides a graduated level indicator on the side. Water bowsers or tankers are also required to have a 600mm circular lockable inspection chamber and the tanker’s body devoid of rust.

All exhausters should, going forward, present clearance certificates from the National Environment Management Authority and pay annual discharge fees before the sub-license can be issued. They should also always display in the truck the original letters of approval to discharge into approved points, payment receipt for discharge license and the business permit issued by Nairobi Metropolitan Services.