The summit provided them with a platform to interact, share, discuss as well as develop solutions to key issues that affect water sector in Kenya and East African Region.
As such, the expected solutions based on innovations and knowledge would inform policies in this sector and critically contribute to Kenya’s Big Four Agenda. Much more, they would contribute to sustainable development in the East Africa Water Sector, which is in line with Sustainable Development Goal 6 of the United Nations.
Wilo exhibited throughout the two-day summit. We displayed some of our products in Water supply, drainage and sewage. This demonstrated that Wilo produces pumps that guarantee maximum reliability, flexibility and efficiency. Our Key services are positioned in the sectors of Water management, Building services and Industry. Therefore, Wilo is a key stakeholder in the Water sector for East African Region and particularly in achieving The Big Four Agenda in Kenya.
Presentations and Panel discussions
Speakers noted that Access to sustainable water in Kenya is at crisis since at least two million people lack access to safe water. It was also noted that there is a huge deficit in the funding of the water sector as well as the impacts of climate change and increasing global temperature which are among the major challenges. The Cabinet Secretary for water Hon. Simon Chelugui noted that Kenya is open to ideas and innovations from all over the world and has benchmarked with the best for the service providers, which has led to a review of the Public Private Partnership framework.
Other topics discussed included Pipeline Efficiency, Water Permit Systems, Regulation of Water Services, Enhancing Flood and Drought Resilience, Groundwater Management and Aquifer Protection, Infrastructure for Smart Agricultural Practices, Large-scale Water Harvesting and Storage, Domestic Water Harvesting and Storage, Smart Water Networks and waste water management.
Proposed Way Forward
Some key highlights on the way forward is the adoption of new technology by the public sector. This would improve on management and regulation of water resources and particularly improve the collection of revenue. It promotes transparency hence more public-private partnerships. Much more it was concluded that there is need to sensitize the public on the need to protect water resources.