State seeks to ensure universal access to water



By Nicholas Nduati

Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa says the government exploring Public Private Partnerships to finance water infrastructure projects to help achieve universal access to water and sanitation.

Kenya needs 100 billion shillings annually against the current annual budget allocation of about 40 billion shillings to achieve universal access to water and sanitation.

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Wamalwa says the government is exploring various financing options including the Public Private Partnerships as well as having some of the viable water service providers float bonds at the Nairobi Securities Exchange to finance water infrastructure projects.

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According to the CS, once all public schools have electricity connection, connecting all public schools with water will be the next agenda, with the implementation of the program already underway.

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With regard to the persistent water disconnections at the coast, Wamalwa says the Coast Water Services Board will continue to provide the water services but warned that water companies owned by the County Governments have to pay for the bulk of water bill arrears from July, 2013 to date which stands at Kshs. 1 billion.

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Wamalwa was speaking while opening the 3rd Water, electricity and power expo that brings together 4000 delegates from 10 African countries to showcase the latest technology.




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