On Wednesday, the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation convened the 11th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on Non-Revenue Water with implementing agencies at a Nairobi hotel.
The JCC forum aims to put in place systematic mechanism to facilitate Water Service Providers (WASPs) with capacities to deal proactively and decisively with Non-Revenue Water management challenges in Kenya.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Water Secretary Eng.SAO Alima, Ag. PS Dr Eng. Joseph Njoroge said management of NRW reduction is a critical area in water service provision.
He added that high non-revenue water deprives satisfactory water services to customers and revenues to Water Service Providers (WSPs).
PS Njoroge said that for sustainable NRW reduction, Government of Kenya requested the Government of Japan (GOJ) Technical Cooperation to strengthen capacity of the responsible organizations to enhance their basic knowledge and the technical capacity for tackling NRW issue.
"The project was initiated in 2016 and is coming to a close on 31st May 2022. However, the NRW reduction activities will be sustained with a purpose of strengthening capacity in NWR management in the Ministry and the nine pilot WSPs," said PS.
The project has been implemented successfully, and WSPs were able to achieve a 75% success rate in implementing their NRW activities. The implementing organizations comprise MWS & I, JICA as a partner, WASREB, KEWI, 9 Pilot WSPs, CoG and WASPA as counterparts.
The nine participating pilot WSPs in this project have been assisted by JICA experts in planning and implementation of non-revenue water reduction activities using innovative technologies as well as improvised equipment that are affordable and easy to use.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.