By Julius Musungu

 

It is now mandatory for every private or commercial building to have water harvesting and storage facilities this is after Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku signed a new law today requiring all commercial buildings to show their water harvesting plans before getting approval.

Lenku said that the law will make the harvesting of water in Kajiado to be well done and in such a way reduce wastage.

“This is the first Private Members Bill am signing into law. It will really help us conserve the fresh rainwater that goes to waste every rainy season, “Lenku said.

Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku signs the Water harvesting Bill into Law at his office in Kajiado. The Law has made it mandatory for all buildings to have water harvesting facilities.
Photo: Governors Press Service

The law sponsored by nominated MCA Onesmus Ngogoyo will see all existing buildings given 18 months to comply. However, the law will come into full force after a 90 Day grace period.

After the lapse of the 18 months, action will be taken on private and commercial buildings that have not complied with the directive.

The law also provides for the County Government to assist public buildings such as schools and hospitals with up to 50 percent of the cost required to put up the water harvesting facilities.

The Governor lauded Mr. Ngogoyo’s Bill as one of the most transformative legislation since devolution came in.

Lenku challenged other MCAs to emulate Mr. Ngogoyo and seek to leave a legacy by coming with laws that change residents’ lives for the better.

“The law provides for the County Government to construct water pans, shallow wells and protect water sources to conserve more water for the dry seasons,” Ngogoyo said

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