Multinational consumer goods manufacturer, Bidco Africa Group, has donated 100 handwashing units to Thika Water and Sewerage Company (Thiwasco) in efforts to promote hygiene and curb the spread of coronavirus.
The handwashing units will be installed in places with high human traffic like markets, bus termini, garages, hospitals and dispensaries as well as shopping centers within Thika town and its environs.
The units will be stocked with soaps and manned by volunteers who will help locals in the hand washing exercise.
Speaking during the launch of the equipment in Thika town Tuesday, Thiwasco Managing Director Eng. Moses Kinya said they have already installed 16 water points in various parts of the sub county against a target of 42 which they will install in the next few days.
This comes at a time when residents continue to grapple with continued water rationing posing the risk of contracting the virus.
The MD said their water production capacity cannot meet the demand and that residents should use water sparingly.
He said they have a water rationing schedule to ensure all estates receive water and told residents to bear with the situation.
“We are producing at maximum capacity and still can’t meet the demand. We have come up with a water rationing schedule and we advise residents to use water sparingly as we look for long term solutions,” he said.
At the same time, Kinya dismissed calls to waive water bills to cushion residents against the effects of the corona pandemic, but instead urged residents to pay their bills in time.
He said the company relies on prompt payment of bills by their customers to operate, making it difficult to waive the charges.
During the event, Broadways Group donated 10 tanks of 2,500 litres each while Equity Bank gave out five tanks and another Sh100, 000 for the cause.
Thika West Deputy County Commissioner Douglas Mutai who attended the event said they were firm in implementing the government’s guidelines to curb the spread of Covid-19.