Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting programs that preserve water towers and enhance distribution of clean water as part of its efforts to support economic development.
KBL Managing Director Mrs Jane Karuku said that as part of its sustainability commitment, the firm has invested in an efficient water treatment plant with a capacity of 7 million litres a day. The brewer has reached two million people through the Water for Life programme and aims to double that number by 2022.
“Our aim is also to return 100% of waste water from our operations back to the environment safely. We know that improving access to water and sanitation contributes to a community’s economic growth and also boosts poverty eradication. Specifically, Kenya Breweries aims to reduce water consumption in the brewery from 40% per litre of beer in 2017 to 10% per litre of beer by next year,” she said.
Mrs Karuku joined a resounding pitch for sustainably tapping the potential in the Lake Victoria Basin through enhanced water usage and management in order to boost socio-economic development.
The pitch was made Wednesday at a two-day conference hosted jointly with the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) that brings together over 250 industry players, regulators and investors to discuss the clean water agenda.
The conference is aimed at casting a spotlight on social, economic and environmental issues surrounding water usage and management, as well as the investment opportunities in the Lake Basin Region.
Cabinet Secretary, Water and Sanitation Simon Chelugui told the conference that the government’s target is to achieve 80% coverage of water services by the year 2020 from the current level of 60%.
“We hope to achieve 100% coverage by 2030 as per Vision 2030 and Sustainable Development Goal Number 6. This conference is therefore timely as we need to discuss the potential that exists in this basin, how best to exploit it and preserve it to enhance the ecosystem for future generations,” said the CS in a speech read on his behalf by the ministry’s Director, Administration Mr George MacGoye.
Kisumu Deputy Governor Matthews Owili lauded the efforts by stakeholders who are supporting efforts to deliver clean water to communities in the county.
“Lake Victoria is an important natural resource. From it, we feed our families, we generate power and even engage in tourist activities. We want to ensure that we bring clean water to within 200 meters of every homestead in this county. We have already achieved that in some areas and making efforts to achieve it throughout the county,” said Dr. Owili Deputy Governor Kisumu County.
Lake Victoria Basin Chairman Odoyo Owidi called for the preservation, conservation and distribution of clean water in a manner that ensures consistent delivery in drinkable quality and quantities.
“We need to do something now. We can, we are capable of doing something because we have the capacity,” said Mr Owidi.