The country’s leading Water and Energy Solutions Company Davis & Shirtliff is calling on all Kenyans to focus on water harvesting for residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial use.
This comes after the Kenya Meteorological Department recently sent out an advisory to Kenyans on the short rains expected in the last leg of the year.
The weatherman cautioned that the short rains may come with flooding in some parts of the country and with it the risk of water borne diseases and mudslides.
“With the recent advance advisory from the weatherman, Kenyans need to focus on preparing for the short rains. The Meteorological Department predicted that some parts of the country such as North Eastern will be dry in the month of December. The rains therefore offer a great opportunity to harvest water for the dry spell,” Davis & Shirtliff’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David Gatende said.
Mr Gatende speaking on the importance of water harvesting in this rainy season pointed out that harvested rain water can be used for non-portable purposes such as washing dishes, flushing toilets and irrigation among others.
He added that: “It is however still possible to use the same water for drinking and cooking if it has been effectively treated. Some parts of the country have challenges accessing clean drinking water but the rains present an opportunity to these communities that have access to portable containerized water treatment units.”
Gatende said that history has shown that there is a need for the country to invest in water harvesting infrastructure as exemplified by Australia.
This will be the second time this year that the country will be receiving above average rainfall which, if the long rains experienced earlier in the year are anything to go by, Kenyans need to be prepared for both positive and negative side effects.
By the beginning of June this year when we last experienced heavy rains, the United Nations in a report said over 800,000 Kenyans had been affected by the floods with the death toll at the time standing at 186 people.
This was compounded by the outbreak of cholera and typhoid in different parts of the country.
A report by the UN said that from January of this year to the end of April, 2,943 cholera cases had been reported in 15 counties and 55 deaths recorded.
Mr Gatende however emphasized that water borne diseases during flooding can be avoided.
“To be cautious, Kenyans can treat drinking water with chlorine tablets or opt for purified water if they suspect their source of water such as a borehole or water tank may be contaminated,” he said.