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Be careful when buying water pipes; some are low quality

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Njiraini, managing director, Kenya Bureau of Standards.

In August Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) seized over 20,000 water pipes which failed to meet set quality standards from six firms. Some firms were making the pipes without Kebs Standardisation Mark of Quality. One firm had pipes thinner than the set thickness. Also, its Standardisation Mark permit had expired. …

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Universities, colleges reopen on 5 October

Water, Sanitation and Irrigation minister Simon Chelugui attends Kenya Water Institute's graduation.

On 15 March 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta closed universities, colleges and schools because of Covid-19. Now, he is reopening universities and colleges. But only for finishing students. Later, university councils and college boards will give opening dates for other students. Universities and colleges will open six months after closing in …

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Government gives water treatment chemicals worth Sh200m

water treatment chemicals

The government has finally given water services firms water treatment chemicals. Covid-19 cause closure of businesses and educational centres thus financially pressing the firms. In addition, a government’s order stops the firms from demanding payment from customers with unpaid bills. These free chemicals will lessen their financial burden. The government …

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UNEP calls for policy, funding to save coral reefs

Coral reefs. Great barrier reef.

The ocean is facing a perfect storm of pollution, overfishing, and climate change. These threats have pushed ecosystems such as coral reefs to the tipping point of collapse. UNEP is inspiring nations and individuals to take action. In Kenya, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute is leading in restoring degraded coral. …

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Kenya using low technology to restore coral reefs

Healthy coral reefs in Kenya

Unprecedented increase in sea-surface temperature in 1998 destroyed Kenya’s coral reefs. This reduced Kenya’s coral cover by 50-90 per cent with some sites losing all coral cover. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute is working on a community based reef restoration project. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute is helping protect …

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State to give water firms chemicals worth Sh200m

Kenya government, JICA donate water treatment chemicals to water services firms.

Water services firms are under financial pressure since March when revenues started falling following closure of businesses and education institutions because of Covid-19. In addition, the government ordered water firms not to cut water supply to customers for unpaid bills. As a result, firms are finding it difficult to pay …

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Water regulator requests more money from government

Kenya handwashing. Water sector trust fund. Water Services Regulatory Board.

Water sector has a financing gap of Sh2.2 trillion. The sector is unable to generate enough money internally to extend coverage and improve service quality. Kenya’s National Water Master Plan 2030 estimates investment of Sh1.2 trillion to finance water and Sh477 billion for sanitation. But the government is able to …

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