It is now mandatory for every private and commercial building to have water harvesting and storage facilities, according to Kajiado’s newest law.
The Kajiado County Water Harvesting Act came into force on August 4 after Governor Joseph ole Lenku assented to it.
The new legislation went through all the stages in the County Assembly and was sponsored by nominated MCA Onesmus Ngogoyo.
The new law, which has a 90-day grace period before it takes effect, will require those who intend to build houses or commercial buildings to prove their water harvesting and storage infrastructure before the county government approves their building plans.
According to the new law, owners of already-existing structures will be given 18 months to comply, after which the county government will take action against owners without water harvesting Infrastructure.
The law also provides for the county government to put up water harvesting facilities on public buildings such as schools and hospitals.
Governor Lenku lauded MCA Ngogoyo’s Bill, saying it was one of the most transformative pieces of legislation since devolution came into effect in 2013.
“This is the first private member’s Bill I am signing into law. It will help us conserve the fresh rainwater that goes to waste every rainy season,” said the Governor.
He challenged other MCAs to emulate Ngogoyo and seek to leave a legacy by coming up with laws that change residents’ lives for the better.
An elated Ngogoyo, who witnessed the signing of the law together with Mosiro MCA Peter Tirishe, said the law will enable Kajiado residents to access clean water in the water-scarce county.
“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,” said Ngogoyo.