The Constitution of Kenya (2010) recognizes that “Water is a Human Right”. Vision 2030 calls for providing a utility sector that is modern, customer-oriented and technologically-enabled to provide efficient, cost-effective, quality service to all citizens through public-private partnerships (PPPs) for improved efficiency in water & sanitation delivery, and using capital markets to mobilize the resources to finance long-term investments such as roads, water and energy.
Kenya's water sector provides immense opportunities, yet it faces diverse challenges. The sector loses approximately Kes. 10.3 billion (100 million USD) a year in revenue due to the challenges of under-supply, old and leaking pipes and an inefficient billing and collection system. Nevertheless, it is acknowledged that through PPPs, Water Services Providers (WSPs) can be assisted to introduce new technologies and innovations, expand infrastructure, improve customer satisfaction, plug revenue gaps and increase profits. Key priority areas for intervention that have been identified include:
Metering, customer identification and GIS database of all users
Water and wastewater treatment by adopting clean technologies
Technology related to engineering diagnostic analysis of existing infrastructure and design of system to meet needs of existing and new consumers for the next 5-10 years
Financing water trunk infrastructure expansion and rehabilitation
Environmentally friendly sewerage treatment systems
Increasing efficiencies through effective billing and revenue collection
Leak detection and early repair
Innovate 4 Water Conference
Towards this, Quercus Group, Blue Ribbon Concepts, Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) and Waterpreneurs in conjuction with Vision 2030 and the SDG Unit are organizing the Innovate 4 Water Conference, themed ‘The Role of Private Sector in Providing Innovative Solutions to the Water Sector in Kenya’ that will be held this year. The conference will seek to match financiers and service providers from the private sector with water utilities and SMEs in Kenya, with a view to providing innovative solutions to the water sector.
When: 26th – 27th April 2018
Venue: Strathmore University, Nairobi
Participation fee: Kes. 10 000 ($100) per participant (covers conference materials & meals)
Registration deadline: Sunday 15th of April 2018
For more information and conference registration, kindly contact Mariam Njoroge, Country Manager – Kenya, on +254 723 341 220 or email@example.com.