Officers drawn from the department of water, Kilifi County and Civil Society Organizations in the water sector were trained on the Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB) Rural Water Supply guidelines from 6th to 7th July 2021.
Community water schemes/initiatives in rural Kenya are faced with a myriad of challenges such as poor governance and insufficient cost recovery systems, Additionally, most of them are not legally registered and operate in isolation. This leaves their customers unprotected and regulation difficult.
To support county governments and CSOs in Kilifi in making progress towards the full realization of equal access to safe water for all, the participants were trained on the provisions of the rural water supply guidelines by WASREB including the mandate of the water service regulatory board, the legal framework under the provision of the Water Act 2016, frameworks for delivery of water services in rural areas, steps to follow in identifying delivery options and operationalizing delivery options.
Engineer Kingi George Kazungu, County Director, Department of water, Water Services, while appreciating KEWASNET for the training, emphasized the importance of the department working together with key stakeholders like the network and the CSOs to regularly engage on water issues to improve the delivery of water services to the residents of Kilifi County.
The session were facilitated by Vincent Ouma (KEWASNET), Susan Masila (KEWASNET), Erick Diwani (Technical Assistant in the Department of water) and Dan Mogaka (World Health Organization).
“The reason for having this rural water supply guideline is that we want there to be a standard for water supply in rural areas leading to benefits of the services to the community”, Vincent Ouma, KEWASNET Head of Programmes.
About the Danish People’s Aid CISU Project
DPA CISU focusses on strengthening civil society engagement in the prioritization and management of the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in the region with the ultimate goal of improving access to WASH services delivered through National and Local Government Mombasa, Kwale and Taita Taveta counties. Supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the Civil Society Fund). The projects targets: Increased access to safe and affordable drinking water at national and/or local level, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene practice nationally and/or local level and end open defecation, and strengthened capacity of civil society in target counties to advocate for increased government WASH budget.