Massive investment needed to avert water crisis

A dry water tap. PHOTO COURTESY

Massive investment is needed to avert water crisis and demand in the future.

According to Philip Holi, Davis & Shirtliff’s Technical Director aging  steel piping for the country’s water infrastructure breads down over time thus prompting for more efficient solutions needed to safeguard the well-being of future generations.

He said that parallel to this problem is as steel pipes grow older; they rust and are more likely to burst , leak which ultimately pose danger to drinking water which mix with sewage pipelines.

He said that water distribution infrastructure and capacity, presents a challenge to the growing population in the form of leakages and lost revenue.

“Other than water shortages resulting from leaks, the major impact of non-revenue water is the increase in the cost of water as the cost of the lost non-revenue water has to be covered by the cost of actual water supplied.”Philip Holi, Davis & Shirtliff’s Technical Director  said

“Kenya’s population has doubled over the last 25 years to about 46 million people and rapid population growth is set to continue.”He added

Water is a critical resource for urbanization and the county governments have to invest to expand the infrastructure to cope with the current demand.

Holi pointed out that through Public Private Partnerships, the government can install and maintain water infrastructure across the country.

“There are opportunities for government and the private sector to collaborate. NGOs can support the government in the development of new policies as well as sensitization of the population on the importance of using water wisely.

The private sector on the other hand is typically at the forefront of developing new water technologies and solutions which can be used by government,” Holi added.

Leveraging on data to identify and solve everyday problems in the water infrastructure value chain is key with some of the new water technologies that can be utilized to revive the water sector including the use of wireless networks, cloud analytics and data modelling.