The right to clean and safe drinking water is enshrined in the article 43 of the 2010 Kenyan constitution. The human right to water entitles everyone to sufﬁcient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use. However, according to the Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB) Impact report 8, only 55% of the Kenyan population have access to clean and safe drinking water due to lack of adequate water sources coupled with gross inefficiencies in water service provision.
The 2010 Kenyan constitution has devolved the responsibility for water asset management and supply from the water boards to the county governments. This change necessitates market actors from both the private and public sectors to take steps to equip the county governments with the information and skills they require to effectively deliver water.
Newly installed water pumps at Siaya-Bondo Water company treatment works
KMT in partnership with SNV has been implementing an innovative service delivery model to revitalize functionality of 5 rural water utilities in the Western region. This work enabled an additional 74,646 people to gain access to water. Due to this success, we are scaling the innovative model to additional 10 counties to address the perennial poor water services in the rural areas.
The water sector at KMT is currently in the process of rolling out an intervention focusing on supporting 15 county governments in improving functionality of peri-urban and rural water utilities by introducing various service delivery models. The adoption of the water service delivery models is envisaged to ensure sustainability and commercial viability of the rural utilities. The targeted counties include Kitui, Makueni, Homabay, Kisumu, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, Wajir, Nandi, Trans Nzoia, Uasin-Gishu and Baringo.
Community residents in Garbatulla Isiolo County around a dried up water point
Field visits already conducted in these counties indicate that county governments are in dire need of defining sustainable ways of managing the rural water utilities and address the chronic Non-Revenue Water.
“The models have come at an opportune time and indeed the county is tired of continuous malfunctioning of rural water utilities and persistent demand from Water committees” said Hon. Amina Adan Omar, Isiolo County Member of County Executive Committee (CEC) for Water and Irrigation, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources.
Through the partnership with the counties and other market actors, we intend to reach additional 744,750 Kenyans in the next three years.
Dried up water well at Garbatulla in Isiolo