County water directors meet to discuss water access

Davis & Shirtliff, the country’s leading supplier of water equipment, Friday hosted a forum for County Water Directors in Nairobi to facilitate county administrations in accelerating water and power development in the counties: as the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis reports that only 48.5 per cent of Kenyans yet have access to safe water, compared with the national target of 80 per by 2015.

The existing constitutional dispensation envisioned that devolution would drive equitable development in the country by focusing spending on issues afflicting individual counties.

Through engagement with the private sector it is hoped to achieve significant progress in addressing basic issues.

This has focused attention on county development priorities, with counties such as Wajir reporting just 7% of the population with access to clean water.

All Kenyan counties report at least a 45% difference in water access between the wards with the best and the poorest access to clean water, according to a report by the Society for International Development (SID) and the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS).

Some counties register a disparity of over 97% between wards with the best and poorest clean water supply, namely Garissa, Marsabit and Kilifi. On average, these counties, classified as marginalized, have 13% access to water, 36% below the national average.

The session, being held at the Davis and Shirtliff premises on 25th July 2014, will provide an opportunity for the county directors, in collaboration with Davis and Shirtliff, to develop county-specific water supply solutions.

A number of county governments have exhibited commitment towards development and the forum seeks to tap into the various strategies that are already in existence, with the aiming of facilitating infrastructure improvement.

The session will focus on using private-public partnerships to foster sustainable water and energy solutions that enable the Counties access improved infrastructure for national economic growth.