Climate change is affecting Kenya’s goal to improve water access to all, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

Simon Chelugui, cabinet secretary in Ministry of Water and Sanitation, said in Nairobi that in 2018, overall water production declined by nearly 20 million cubic meters mainly due to prolonged drought.

“Water utilities therefore have to develop climate change and disaster preparedness strategies and start putting in place measures to secure their water sources,” Chelugui said during the launch of the 11th issue of the impact report that details the performance of Kenya’s water services sector.

The launch of the impact report has become an annual event that provides an opportunity for the east African nation to reflect on strides made and synergies required to move the sector forward in terms of improving access to both water and sanitation.

Chelugui said that the need to improve access to water and sanitation is captured in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Kenya’s National Development blueprint Vision 2030 both of which provide the policy framework within which these services have to be realized.

“Safe water and improved sanitation are also basic requirements for all human beings and therefore key pillars for Kenya’s development,” he added.

The government official revealed that access to water stood at 57 percent of the population as at end of 2018 against a target of universal access by the year 2030.

Winnie Guchu, chief administrative secretary in Ministry of Water and Sanitation said that while there has been some positive strides in the water sector since the reforms of 2002, development has been skewed.

“Focus has mainly been on commercially viable areas with little attention to those that are not commercially viable,” Guchu added.

The National Water Master Plan 2030 estimates that in order to attain national water and sanitation targets, an annual investment of 100 billion shillings (1 billion U.S. dollars) is required. Enditem



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