Private Sector players in the water and distribution sub sector are calling for the establishment of Public Private Partnerships, to scale up water access in the country.
They argue that private sector inclusion in water installation and distribution will go a long way in ensuring efficient service delivery in the industry amid growing demand for uninterrupted water supply especially in urban settlements.
Rapid urbanization and industrial growth have created an insatiable demand for uninterrupted water supply, a fete that has the government working round the clock to deliver, as such the need to scale up capacity.
According to experts at Davis & Shirtliff, “Water is a critical resource for urbanization, and county governments have to invest to expand the infrastructure to cope with the current demand.”
Stakeholders are optimistic that the inclusion of private sector players through public partnerships would correct this.
Further water distribution infrastructure and capacity, presents a challenge to the growing population in the form of leakages and lost revenue.
Eng. Philip Holi, Davis & Shirtliff’s Technical Director says “……as steel pipes grow older; they rust and are more likely to burst and leak. When there are leaks in drinking water and sewage pipelines in close proximity to each other, it is possible for drinking water networks to be contaminated by sewage resulting in the spread of water borne diseases such as cholera.’’
As such companies have embraced technologies that reduce incidences of revenue loss and allow service providers to monitor and manage their water sales such as smart water metering and technologies for water kiosks that enable water service providers to offer pay as you go solutions for water dispensing or water pumping.
One such example is SigFox and LoRa –Wireless network solutions that can be connected to various cloud infrastructures such as those provided by IBM, Amazon or Microsoft and which provide advanced artificial intelligence or machine learning algorithms enabling users to carry out sophisticated analysis of water infrastructure data.