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World Water Day #WaterandJobs


Have you ever asked yourself what it takes for you to get tapped water in our homes; the simple answer to that question is that a lot of work is done behind the scenes for clean water to be available in our homes. As the World Celebrated World Water Day in March 2016, NAWASSCO joined the nation in the celebrations as the team behind the scenes.

The theme of this year’s World Water Day, “Water and Jobs”, emphasizes the power that water and jobs have in transforming people’s lives and also the mutual relationship that exists between the availability of water and generation of employment opportunities.

The celebrations were held at Mirera Primary School in Naivasha and amongst those present were: the Chief Guest- Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation – Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, EGH; Nakuru County Governor -H.E KinuthiaMbugua; Nakuru County Deputy Governor- Joseph Ruto; WSTF Chairman- Hon. Musikari Kombo; First Secretary Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands- NoekeRuiter; CEC (Nakuru County) Environment, Water, Energy and Natural Resources – Hon. Richard Rop, representatives of Water boards - RVWSB, Athi Water Services Board, LVWSB; MWI, VitensEvides International, WSUP, Sub-county administration, Members of Parliament, Members of County Assemblies, NARUWASCO, NAIVAWAS, WARMA, WASREB and people from the surrounding community.

NAWASSCO was represented by the Corporate Management Team; Eng. James Ng’ang’a (Managing Director), James Gathairu(Commercial Manager), Isaac Makori (Finance Manager) and Joseph Githinji (Internal Audit Manager). The managers present joined the world in describing what water means to them. Under the hashtag ‘Water and Jobs’, @Nakuru Water twitted messages from the managers stating that - Water is livelihood, job creation, everything, life and a resource.The Managing Director- James Ng’anga’ said that the theme of the celebrations reminded the world that nearly all jobs depend on water and that those who work in the water sector are equally important.

In his remarks the water CS said Nakuru was doing a commendable job in water supply.The national average of water supply coverage is 56% while that of Nakuru County is 62%.The growth has been brought by consistent and planned development to build and enhance water supply. Nakuru County Governor -H.E KinuthiaMbugua stated that in the first and second years of devolution, the County of Nakuru invested over Ksh 400 million in water projects that’s   has increased water supply from 42% - 62%.Through these interventions, the distance to access has been reduced from an average of one 1000m to 500m. The said interventions are made possible by personnel who work in the water sector.

H.E KinuthiaMbugua commended the partnership that exists between county and National Government and other key development partners in addressing critical challenges faced in the efforts to provide people with clean drinking water.

First Secretary Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands- NoekeRuiter reiterated by saying that; “We all have a role to play in order to enrich the slogan‘better water better jobs’.

World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.

Written by:

Grace Mwende Kabubu.

Communications Officer