The government is set to launch the National Water Storage and Harvesting Authority in June to harvest and store rain water.
This comes in the wake of declining water levels in dams, despite the heavy rains, depleting river sources as well as an increase population.
Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chilugui says the National Water Conservation and Pipeline Cooperation will transformed to do the job.
“We are ready for the launch. All arrangements have been done. I believe within a short period of one month, we should be ready,” he said.
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Water levels in dams like Ndakaini and Sasumua have dipped to a low of 30 per cent and 57.7 per cent respectively due to the long drought season that was experienced from last year to March this year.
But despite assurance from the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, the CS said the country can no longer rely on rain water.
Weather patterns have changed. There is pendulum between floods and scavenging drought. This has made major towns go without water.
Chelugui spoke in Mombasa on Friday when he toured Likoni Water Supply Works Project – Phase one.
The government expects once established, the Authority will work out plans for more dams and harvesting and conservation of rainwater.
Chelugui said they plan to have 50 dams, with most already in progress.
Beside storage, Chelugui said they are also focusing on desalination. The Minister said reducing none-revenue water will also improve access to water, just as pipping.
Chelugui said Likoni project entails rehabilitation of secondary and tertiary distribution lines and installation of water meters.
“The ongoing work comprise laying of 52km steel and uPVC pipes and construction of chambers for all meters, valves, air valves, fire hydrants and thrust blocks on bend,” he said.
The Sh542 million project is expected to end this October.
Kenya has in the recent past been faced with an extraordinary drought which affected 3.4 million people most of whom have limited access to clean drinking water.
In Nairobi for example, water scarcity led to the introduction of rationing program with some estates missing out completely on the essential commodity.