Water is an important fulcrum of Kenya’s sustainable development agenda. Access to sufficient quantities and quality for domestic use, livestock, irrigation and industrial use rank among the most transformative enablers for communities in Kenya. The gap between the desired quantities, the available quantities and inconsistency of supply is a great constraint to realization of the full potential of many communities in Kenya.
To address these constraints and explore opportunities that lie in their resolution, the County Government of Laikipia organized and hosted an inaugural Laikipia Water Conference that was hosted at the Nanyuki ASK Show Ground on April 17-18, 2018.
The conference provided a unique platform for high level discussions on challenges, potential and opportunities for investment in water, sanitation and related industries in the Ewaso Ng’iro Basin counties including Laikipia County. The two day workshop aimed to:
The County Government seized the opportunity to solicit stakeholders’ views on the current Water Bill and the ongoing process of developing an integral Water Master Plan for Laikipia. Pursuant of these objectives the conference focused on the following broad themes.
The conference brought together thought leaders, policy influencers, funders, water business leaders, agriculture, water users, industrial water users, utility managers, leading water technology providers, irrigation infrastructure providers and major investors who came together to determine water’s key role in sustainable economic growth and met with potential funders, suppliers, clients and wananchi.
“Water is one of the most important basic resources. It is indispensable not only to human life but also for agricultural and industrial development. Water must be treated differently from other natural resources such as minerals, which can be reserved in their natural form and saved until required, so that if only a little is used in our generation, more will be available in the next. The flowing water of a river cannot be preserved in this way. Any water unused today is lost in useful purpose forever. Each year by which development is delayed diminishes the potential value of life giving water to mankind. Also uncontrolled flowing water is a major cause of human suffering and misery. Regulated and put to use, the same water is the basis of life and civilization”.
~ MZEE JOMO KENYATTA – FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA ~
Water is one of the most important basic resources. It is indispensable not only to human life but also for agricultural and industrial development. Water must be treated differently from other natural resources
H.E Nderitu Mureithi –Gov Laikipia county – addressing participants during the Inaugural 2018 Laikipia Water Conference
Participants during the Inaugural 2018 Laikipia Water Conference
Ms. Winnie Gichu, CAS MW&I addressing participants during the Inaugural 2018 Laikipia Watere Conference
WRA staff exhibiting during the inaugural 2018 Laikipia Water Conference
H.E Hon. Nderitu Mureiithi Gov Laikipia County, accompanied by Ms. Winnie Gichu, CAS MW&I visiting WRA stand
Ms. Winnie Gichu, CAS MW&I at the WRMA stand
Participants during the inaugural 2018 Laikipia Water Conference
WRA ENCCA Regional Manager – Mr. Timothy Mutie, addressing the Participants during the inaugural 2018 Laikipia Water Conference.
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