Chelugui: State targets 200,000 new water connections to raise coverage

Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Simion Chelugui addresses delegates at the World Water Week conference in Stockholm, Sweden on August 28, 2019. [Standard]
Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Simion Chelugui has said the Government targets about 200,000 new water connections annually to increase water coverage.

Chelugui said the ministry will also ensure that there are 350,000 new sewer connections for about 3.2 million people annually in urban areas for universal access to be reached by 2030.

Speaking during the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, Chelugui said Kenya has laid a strong foundation on implementation of commitments on water for all through development of policies, strategies and guidelines, key among them include Draft National Water policy 2018, Kenya environmental sanitation and hygiene policy and strategy (2015-2030), protocol for implementing Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in Kenya among others.

He said the government has domesticated SDG 6 and Human Right to Water and Sanitation (HRWS) approach into national priorities and plan.

“The ministry has established Water Sector Trust Fund with the expanded mandate of provision of conditional and unconditional grants to the Counties, and to assist in financing the development of and management of water services in the marginalised and underserved areas,” said Chelugui.

The World Water Week 2019 is an annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Its theme is “Water for society – Including all.”

The conference brought together Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.

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The Water CS said the African Ministers Council of Water (AMCOW) a high-level political advocacy and policy dialogue should provide policy direction at continental level through extensive consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

“Our dialogue focused on the key initiatives and steps that need to be taken to develop and or update polices that target marginalised populations,” said Chelugui.

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