Water CS to appear before senators over water regulations

Water CS Wahome [Photo: People Daily]

Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Water, Sanitation, and Irrigation Alice Wahome will today appear before senators over the controversial Water Resources Authority 2021 Regulations at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

She will appear before the Committee on Delegated Legislation to respond to the petition by the Agriculture Sector Networks (ASNET).

The Networks want the implementation of the Regulations, which set the water use fees for irrigation, domestic water, public water supplies and livestock use, stopped.

It argues that the increase is out of touch with the realities of competitiveness in the agriculture sector and will hurt the economy.

ASNET which brings together the Kenya Flower Council, Fresh Produce Association of Kenya, Kenya National Farmers Federation, Lake Naivasha Growers Group, Vegpro Group, the Kenya Camel Association and Livestock Farmers representatives, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Agriculture Employers Association and Consortium for Aquaculture Association of Kenya, wants the Senate to direct immediate alignment of the Water Regulations 2021 with the national policies on access to water.

It also want the regulations aligned to policies on the adoption of irrigated agriculture for food security and the ethos of meaningful public participation of those most affected by such regulations.

The Implementation of Water Resources Authority 2021 Regulations took effect from February 1, 2023.

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