Low funding affecting water distribution

Water Ministry requires over Shs 100 billion every financial year to meet the increasing water demand in the country, Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui has revealed.

He observed that low funding and over-reliance on donor funding has been a major hindrance to water distribution coverage in the country.

Chelugui regretted that the funds allocated could not meet the high water demands which had been worsened by prolonged dry spell in most parts of the country.

This came even as it emerged that 80 percent of the funds come from donors with the national and county governments contributing the rest for water and sanitation services across the country.

CS, however observed that water coverage in the country had risen to 60 percent from 30 percent witnessed three years ago adding that the government was committed to ensuring that the coverage reaches 100 percent.

It’s projected that if the current trend continues then we shall achieve 80 percent coverage by 2020 and universal access coverage by 2030, he said.

He said with the rising population in the country, the ministry requires S00b annually to help increase water coverage in the country and help stop the over reliance on donor funding for water and sanitation services.

Chelugui who was speaking in Naivasha during the official launch of Kenya Water Summit hit out at a section of water companies for mismanaging donor funds.

These loans are to be paid using the revenue collected from the approved tariff but the remission for the loan repayment has not been forthcoming, he said.

The CS however singled out the Nyeri Water and Sanitation company which had continued to service its loans and challenged other companies to borrow a leaf from the company.

Source: Kenya News Agency