Draft Rules to Govern Water Resources Management in Kenya. Eugen M. Mnyamwezi Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA), Kenya. Background.
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Eugen M. Mnyamwezi
Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA), Kenya.
The Act provides the legal framework in line with the new
policy changes. New institutions with separate functions
have been established and decentralised decision making
is reflected in autonomous regional bodies.
The Water Act established the Water Resources Management
Authority (WRMA) as the lead agency that will oversee the
management, use and development of water resources in the country.
WRMA has regional offices at catchment levels for decentralised
decision making, quick response to management problems and for
speedy water allocation processing.
The Draft Rules aim to address persistent problems in the water sector such as
Addresing these problems is within the mandate of the
Water resources Management Authority (WRMA) and
the draft Rules are introduced for use by the authority to
support the enforcement of the Water Act.
The rules have been designed to benefit all water users
relying on or with an interest in water resources.
For instance, domestic, agriculture, livestock and industrial
water users will benefit in the following ways:
Water resources management requires an integrated
approach. In recognition of this, the draft rules provide and
If a water user feels that WRMA has
unsatisfactorily served or denied a customer
service, then the client should:
respond to client complaints within 21 days.
The draft rules are available for public inspection at the following
The draft rules have been developed through stakeholder participation
through aseries of consultative workshops with stakeholders in all the
regional WRMA catchment areas as well as a National stakeholders
consultative forum held in Karen KCB Management Centre from 29th to
30th August, 2006.
Comments from such workshops are being incorporated in the draft
rules to produce the final rules for gazettement and implementation.
Comments on the draft rules are still welcome.
Thanks for your patience