Kenya mulls law to better protect water from pollution

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Kenya is in the process of developing a law to enhance protection of water bodies from pollution, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Simon Chelugui, cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Water and Sanitation, said at a regional water conference in Nairobi that pollution has been identified as one of the biggest threats to the country’s ground water resources.

“All the relevant public and private stakeholders are in the process of developing a new administrative and legal framework that will provide stiff penalties for those who discharge effluent into water bodies,” said Chelugui.

Chelugui said that current laws are not sufficient to deter polluters from discharging untreated water into rivers, lakes and streams.

He added that once the law is in place, it will require all those who produce pollutants to treat their discharge before it is released into water bodies.

According to the government official, the industrial sector is the major culprit in the pollution of the country’s water bodies.

“The national and county governments are working closely to develop laws that will ensure water bodies are free from pollution,” he added. Enditem

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