Friday, September 20, 2019
Prof Judi Wakhungu  addressing participants of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services Stakeholders Forum at a     Nairobi Hotel

Prof Judi Wakhungu addressing participants of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services Stakeholders Forum at a Nairobi Hotel

Kenyans need to safeguard the limited water resources for future survival, Environment, Water and Natural resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has advised.

She said opportunities to construct more dams are limited owing to rising costs in storage and supply facilities which made the commodity increasingly distant from the users.

The CS was speaking during the opening of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services stakeholder’s forum at a Nairobi hotel where she emphasized the need to manage catchment areas for sustainable water supply.

Care for the land, tree planting, conservation of forests and rehabilitation of eroded lands was critical in safeguarding the water resources she observed

She noted that this year’s theme: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for all, was a clarion call for all to rethink  the future of water and sewerage infrastructure development projects and challenged  Athi Water Services Board to device new ways of providing and managing  water security for generations to come.

The CS noted that, many communities in the country did not have access to water and in many cases Women and children walked long distances to fetch water and sometimes went back empty handed. Ironically she noted,  other Kenyans had abundant water and sometimes took it for granted that the commodity was never in short supply.

CS Wakhungu (centre),Eng. Lawrence Simitu Director Water Services(left) and Athi Water CEO Mr.  Malakwen Milgo (right) during the stakeholders forum.

CS Wakhungu (centre),Eng. Lawrence Simitu Director Water Services(left) and Athi Water CEO Mr. Malakwen Milgo (right) during the stakeholders forum.

The CS urged Kenyans to treat water as a scarce commodity especially due to uneven rainfall patterns and rampant climate change. “Every user has a duty to care for the resource and to use water efficiently. All Water Service Boards, especially Athi Water Services Board, must work hard to reduce water losses and wastage” she advised and called for all industries, households and individuals to play their roles in respecting and saving water.

Prof Wakhungu said Kenyans must cut back on unnecessary use and called on the clamp down on illegal abstraction adding “We need to be steadfast in achieving our targeted total savings across the country”.

She said that, through the forum, the officers needed to educate the public on how to conserve and harvest rainwater in the face of variable climate.

The  CS recognized the support of development  partners such as; World Bank ,French Development ,Agency – AFD, GIZ, Swedish Development Agency – SIDA, African Development Ban , KFW, JICA ,European Union and Badea among others as her Ministry  embarked  on its mission of providing efficient and effective water services .

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