CS says there is a huge water funding deficit as demand exceeds supply
The inaugural Kenya Water Week started yesterday amid fears that transboundary waters are becoming a source of conflict as demand exceeds supply. Water CS Eugene Wamalwa (pictured) said water policies to facilitate effective management of transboundary waters has been finalised and approved. “There exists Sh60 billion annual funding deficit. For example, for sector sustainability in water supply, an investment of about Sh1.8 billion is required as per the National Master Plan 2030 of October 2013. Only Sh600 million is available for investment, leaving a gap of Sh1.172 billion,” he said. Wamalwa said, however, the government is reaching out for external help to bridge the funding deficit. “The subsector has initiated bilateral agreements through MoUs with neighbouring countries to promote cooperative frameworks for sustainable management and equitable utilisation of shared water resources,” he said. The CS spoke when he opened the week-long event at the KICC. The event’s theme is ‘From Aid to Trade: Enhancing Business Partnerships and Innovation for sustainable Water and Sanitation provision in Africa’. It has brought together national and international stakeholders, development partners and practitioners. Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders said his government will support Kenya’s quest for water sustainability by funding various water projects across the country to the tune of Sh7.9 billion.