The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: State Launches Water Plan to Curb Drought, Floods

The plan seeks to focus , focusing on the preparedness in the pre disaster stage whose objective is to minimize human economic damage caused by flood and drought.

The plan that was launched yesterday in Nairobi will ensure that there is increased coverage of improved supply to 100 percent in both urban and rural areas.

It will also increase coverage of piped water supply in both rural and urban and increase unit water supply amount to sustainable national standard levels.

The water plan also ensures that all water resources are managed,regulated and conserved in an effective and efficient manner by involving stakeholders guaranteeing sustained access to water and equitable allocation of water while ensuring environmental sustainability.

This is the second water plan after the government launched the first plan in 1992 which will cost the government Sh1.2 trillion.

The plan also aims at ensuring human and economic damages by food and drought are minimized to protect peoples lives and properties.

The plan impacts on the natural environment by water resource development activities are minimized for the protection of the natural environment.

It further aims at ensuring that organizational and institutional capacity of water recource management is strengthened at national and regional based on the water policy.

Principal Secretary State Department of Water James Teko said the Ministry is putting up 1,000 dams in this financial year across the country at a community level to ensure that people do not track for long distances in search of water.

"We have also started a tree planting programme in different schools which aims at conserving the environment," Teko said.

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