Water act to strengthen engagement between counties

By Jimmy Kariuki

A simplified version of the Water Act 2016, launched by water and irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa will now see the public get involved in water management to ensure sustainable and equitable water use for all.

The guide which focuses on the 100 most important aspects of the law was launched during the Kenya 2030 Water Resource Group (WRG) 5th Governing Board Meeting. The law aims to bring about sustainable solutions surrounding water access, use and management.

This comes in the wake of calls by Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku to have the Noolturesh water pipeline from the Oloitokitok to first supply Kajiado residents before it can take water to other counties.

“The Guide to the Water Act is an innovation. It empowers all water users in guiding them as to their rights as well as their corresponding responsibilities towards ensuring the rights of others,” said CS Eugene Wamalwa.

Bidco Africa Limited’s Vimal Shah, who co-chairs the WRG 2030 Board with Mr. Wamalwa, further emphasized the importance of the initiative saying, “We must now stop blaming each other about the management of our water resources and instead work together in finding solutions. What the Partnership such as Mount Kenya-Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP) has accomplished is fantastic and we must start looking at strengthening our relationships in platforms such as these. We should be able to replicate the MKEWP model across the country!”

MKEWP has also been meeting all Water Resources Users Associations (WRUAs) in the Partnership’s area of operation in the month of December and will continue through the month of January 2018 with the aim of sensitizing the members on the Guide.


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