NWHSA team led by Board Chairman, Directors, CEO, KSG consultant & senior management
National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority (NWHSA) is finalizing the development of its strategic plan 2019-2022. The plan has been submitted to the Board for their input after which there will be a validation of the same by various stakeholders. The four year plan gives direction of where the institution wants to be in the next four years and shape the organization’s strategic focus to fulfill the National Government’s obligation of development, maintenance and management of National public water works infrastructure, aimed at provision of accessible water and mitigation of loss of life and property from the effects of floods and drought.
National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority (NWHSA) is established under Section 30 of the Water Act 2016. Section 149 of the Water Act 2016, transformed the Authority from National Water Conservation & Pipeline Corporation (NWCPC) which was established under the State Corporations’ Act Chapter 446 of the Laws of Kenya vide Legal Notice No. 270 of 24th June, 1988.
The Authority’s Mandate and functions as stipulated in Section 32 of the Water Act 2016 are as follows;
The functions and powers of the Water Storage Authority shall be to:
Undertake on behalf of the national government, the development of national public water works for water resources storage and flood control;
Maintain and manage national public water works infrastructure for water resources storage;
Collect and provide information for the formulation by the Cabinet Secretary of the national water resources storage and flood control strategies
Develop a water harvesting policy and enforce water harvesting strategies;
Undertake on behalf of the national government strategic water emergency interventions during drought; and
Advise the Cabinet Secretary on any matter concerning national public water works for water storage and flood control.
The Water Storage Authority may appoint agents for the operation, management, maintenance and safety of any storage infrastructure that it has developed.
The Water Storage Authority shall have such other powers and functions as may be conferred or imposed on it by this or any other Act.
This Plan took into consideration the following; The Constitution of Kenya 2010, the Water Act 2016, Vision 2030, the Jubilee Manifesto, The National Water Master Plan, Sustainable Development Goals and agenda 2063.
To increase water storage in the country by 32.87 Million Cubic Meters by the year 2022
To enhance sustainability of constructed water structures through operations and maintenance
To Protect/save lives and property from the effects of floods and drought by construction and maintenance of 70 kms of dykes and 45 kms of river training structures
To mainstream cross-cutting and policy issues and align them to the legal and regulatory guidelines
To enhance financial sustainability of the authority
To improve our corporate image and enhance customer service.
During a workshop held in Machakos early this month, Ag. Chief Executive Officer Eng. Sammy Mburu said the Strategic Plan is the blueprint and road map of the Authority activities which are all geared towards fulfillment of the Authorities core mandate.
Board Chairman Dr. David Nkedianye on his part said the plan is timely as it will be implemented at the same time the Water Sector Reforms are being implemented. He added that the plan positions the Authority as the main institution in charge of water harvesting and storage.
Speaking during the workshop, Water Secretary Eng. S.A.O Alima who is also Director representing the PS, Ministry of Water & Sanitation and Irrigation at NWHSA, affirmed the commitment of the Ministry to fast track water sector reforms and gazettment of various regulations that are key in the implementation of the Water Act, 2016.
Eng. Alima congratulated the Authority for developing the strategic plan and other key instruments such as the Human Resource policies as crucial steps towards implementing the mandate. He said institutions in the sector who have not done so should follow suit.
Chairperson of the Strategic Plan Committee CPA Margaret Kithunzi appreciated the committee for the good work, input and dedication while developing the plan. She appreciated the Chief Executive Officer who is the team leader. The committee reviewed the plan under the guidance of Mr. Kagenyi; a consultant from the Kenya School of Government.
Members of the Strategic plan Committee:
CPA Margaret Kithunzi - Chairperson
Robert Nthenge - Vice Chair
Joseph Ojiambo - Member
Nancy Rotich - Member
Joyce Jepkemboi - Member
Apphia Kaluku - Member
Joe Ondulo - Member
Sharon Obonyo - Member
Alex Simba - Member
CPA Philip Nzengu - Member
CPA Rebecca Anyota - Member
John Musyoka - Member
Rose Mbuko - Secretariat
Annah Syengo - - Secretariat