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Sixth WASPA Water Loss Management Conference,2022 in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County

The Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Dr Andrew Tuimur CBS,  represented the CS, Mr James W. Macharia, EGH during the opening of the 6th Water Service Providers Association (WASPA) Water Loss Management Conference 2022, held in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.

The 3-day conference is organized by WASPA in collaboration with the Ministry, County Government of Uasin Gishu and Eldoret Water and Sanitation Company (Eldowas).

Themed “Deployment of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) in Water Loss Management, the conference is meant to be a forum to share best practices in containing Non-Revenue Water (NRW) loses in order to accelerate realization of SDG no 6, about access to water and sanitation to actualize the Big Four Agenda and Vision 2030.

Speaking during the day one of the conference Dr Tuimur said the forum comes at a time when Kenya continues to experience high levels of Non-Revenue Water currently at 45% nationally, occasioning the sector to lose KES 10.5 billion. He said the water lost could run Nairobi City for six months.High volume of water lost could be used to improve water coverage which currently stands at 60% within regulated Water Service Providers(WSPs).

The CAS attributed high levels of NRW to corruption, theft and meter inaccuracies arising from usage of low-quality gadgets. He challenged WSPs to emulate Nyeri County which has reduced NRW to less than 20% due to adoption of new technologies and increased surveillance.

He pointed out that an effective metering system depended on meter type, age, accuracy, sizing, accessibility and quality amongst other in influencing commercial water losses; factors which should be considered as the challenges in the sector regarding NRW are phased out.

Dr Tuimur rooted for automation to enable water customers get and pay for their water consumption bills in time. He said online registration of complaints as well as checking and querying of water bills was doable.

” The ability to access and pay for water bills remotely improves a water service efficiency” the CAS said

Due to inadequate financing from the Government,the CAS urged water utilities to explore avenues of financing their infrastructural development and management of NRW,some of these alternatives include commercial banks loans,leveraging on Public Private Partnership(PPP) and performance-based contracts(PBCs).

The CAS was accompanied by Deputy Governor Uasin Gishu Hon Daniel Chemno,the chairman WASPA and MD Mavoko Water and Sewerage Company CPA Michael Mang’eli,CEO Mr Antony Ambugo,MD Eldowas,Mr. Peter Kibet Biwott,Ag. CEO WASREB Mr. Joseph Keter among others.

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