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Water Act 2016 Should be Fully Implemented

Kenya Private Sector Alliance in  2018 engaged in policy dialogues for a favourable regulatory framework for sustainable water use through the Environment, Water and Natural Resources Sector Board.

KEPSA is a member of 2030 Water Resources Group which looks into improved operational efficiency and financial sustainability of water utilities.

The association gave input towards a report to be presented to the ministry (Water) on safety on the existing dams to ensure certain standards are maintained during construction.

In 2018, KEPSA engaged African Development Bank on alternative water and sanitation financing options.

KEPSA’s 2019 initiatives

— Water and sanitation infrastructure quality

— Review and implementation of the Public-Private Partnership Act in the water sector to encourage private sector investment

— Follow up on the development of water rules and regulations by various water bodies to enable full implementation of the Water Act 2016. KEPSA will also seek clarifications on the custody of water resources, in light of the potential conflicts with county governments on natural resource allocation and utilisation.

— Pursue development of sanitation policy with particular concerns on wastewater management

— Pursue coordination amongst regulatory authorities in the environment spectrum to pursue sustainable development. This will ensure issues such as building of structures in riparian lands are averted.

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About Kaburu Mugambi

Kaburu Mugambi is a veteran of business reporting having worked with two national newspapers in Kenya. He is a graduate of economics from Kenyatta University. He started his journalism career in 2000 with The People Daily as a business reporter before becoming a business sub-editor. He joined Daily Nation in 2004 as a business writer. He holds a post-graduate diploma in mass communication from University of Nairobi's School of Journalism and an MBA in marketing from the same university. In 2016, he founded Water Tower, a media firm focused on water, energy and climate. Its content cuts across water, energy and climate with emphasis on adaptation and sustainability.

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