Kenyans to get simplified version of the Water Act to help communities better manage water resources

The Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP), with support from the IFC and WRG 2030, have officially released a simplified version of the new Water Act 2016.

Endorsed by the Ministry of Water through the Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa, the Guide to the Water Act will strengthen the engagement between counties, Water Resources Users Association (WRUAs) members and surrounding communities in the daily management of the available water resources.

The new law calls for public participation in water management to ensure sustainable and equitable water use for all citizens. This guide takes the legislation and focuses on the 100 most important aspects of the law that every Kenyan citizen should know.

Speaking on behalf of the Partnership, Mt Kenya Ewaso Water Project National Coordinator Stanley Kirimi stated that WRUAs will now be in a better position to understand their role in water resources management, saying; “WRUA’s play a vital role in the management of our Nation’s water resources and yet we often see them not getting enough support from the stakeholders that they serve. This simplified Act is an additional step that the Partnership’s membership has taken to empower WRUAs so that they can carry out the work that they have been tasked to do. We are seeing an increase in competition for our existing water resources and it is about time that we all joined forces and find solutions to manage these resources and the WRUAs provide this very important platform to do so”.

The simplified Water Act which was launched during the Kenya 2030WRG 5th Governing Board Meeting by Water CS Eugene Wamalwa, was welcomed by numerous stakeholders all united through a vision to bring about sustainable solutions surrounding water access, use and management.

“The Guide To The Water Act is an innovation. It empowers all water users in guiding them as to their rights as well as their corresponding responsibilities towards ensuring the rights of others,”  said Water CS Eugene Wamalwa.

Also at the event was Vimal Shah, Chairman of Bidco Africa Ltd who also co-chairs the WRG2030 Board with Mr. Wamalwa.

“We must now stop blaming each other about the management of our water resources and instead work together in finding solutions. What the Partnership (MKEWP) has accomplished is significant and we must now start looking at strengthening our relationships with platforms such as these. We should be able to replicate the MKEWP model across the country,” said Mr Vimal Shah.

MKEWP will be meeting all WRUAs in the Partnership’s area of operation beginning January 2018 with the aim of sensitizing the members on the Water Act Guide.