COLLABORATING FOR QUALITY WATER ACCESS
Lake Victoria South Water Services Board held its annual stakeholder conference in June 29th 2016 at the Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu. The theme for this year’s conference “Collaborating for Quality Water Access”, symbolizes the need and urgency for a more coordinated approach in fast-tracking water asset development and realization of the country’s strategic goals.
The event was attended by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water and Irrigation Prof Fred Segor, representatives from the County governments of Kisumu, Bomet, Kericho, Nandi, Kisii, Siaya, Migori and Homa Bay. Also present were consultants and contractors of various water and sanitation projects in the region, Water Service Providers and NGO’s.
KIWASCO Chairman, Mr Israel Agina expressed concerns over the discontinuation of subsidies to the water companies that used to be given by the National government before devolution. The subsidies covered chemicals, and electricity payments. Companies like Gulf and Nyanas in Kisumu County suffer currently due to discontinuation of their support. National and County governments need to work out a mechanism that will solve this.
Eng David Onyango, MD for KIWASCO highlighted some of the challenges the company is facing including high energy cost for pumping water, high Non-Revenue Water due to inadequate resource support, Trans-boundary conflicts relating to water, encroachment of catchment areas, lack of a proper framework to address the issue of subsidies and lastly high levies imposed by regulatory bodies thus making cost of water to customers higher. The National government needs to address these to help the country move towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Human Rights to water, provided for in the constitution.