Cabinet Secretary for Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Mr. Zachariah Njeru, EGH today had a fruitful meeting with members of the Water Service Providers Association (WASPA) who sought to introduce their leadership and brief him on the status of water and sanitation issues in the counties.
WASPA, established and registered on 4th November 2002 under the Societies Act (Cap 108) of the Laws of Kenya is the premier umbrella body of all regulated Water Service Providers (WSPs) in Kenya.
Among the executive committee members who met the CS at Maji House were; Chairperson Eng. Moses Kinya and CEO Mr. Antony Ambugo. Others included Messrs. Gideon Ketente, Bernard Mwaura, Boniface Mbugua, Reuben Korir and Ms. Lucy Wachira.
Welcoming the team, CS Njeru underscored the importance of the Ministry and WASPA working harmoniously to improve the implementation of their respective mandates in the Water sector More so availing clean and safe water to all Kenyans by implementing water projects across the country.
He emphasized the need for self-regulation among the WSPs and urged the association to enhance the use of standard materials by utilities, to ensure best practices in the industry are maintained so that the end users get value for their money.
PS Julis Korir, CBS, who accompanied CS Njeru during the meeting called for the adherence to policy guidelines to regulate pricing, tax inputs, and indexation in the service sector of water and Sanitation.
The WASPA leadership briefed the CS on some of the challenges Water Services Providers were facing in the country such as wayleaves and land issues, protection of water catchment areas facing encroachment, governance of WSPs, quality of water such as high fluoride content which WSPs enforce, proliferation of boreholes, huge debts for services rendered to both National and county tiers of government and the issue of transfer of assets and liabilities which was ongoing,
They urged the CS to pick up on the issues of preferential tariffs and taxation which were bogging down their operations.
Water Secretary Eng. Alima attended the meeting among others.