Memorandum to the Kajiado County Assembly on the draft Rainwater Harvesting Bill, 2019

August 20, 2020


The Kajiado County Rainwater Harvesting Bill, 2019 is a private member’s bill brought to the County Assembly of Kajiado for possible enactment into an Act of the Assembly. The Act would provide for compulsory harvesting of rainwater in every residential, commercial and institutional building within Kajiado County, to conserve and ensure availability of water while also ensuring recharge of groundwater. This Act may be cited as the Kajiado Rainwater Harvesting Act, 2019 and shall come into operation upon publication in the Kenya Gazette.

The Bill, however, does not make reference to the Kajiado County draft water policy, which would speak to the broader aspirations and prescriptions for the entire water sector, including conservation and supply guidelines. This memorandum makes reference to the Constitution of Kenya and suggests amendments and removal of some provisions in the Bill such as section 11 (2) which would be in contravention of the constitution’s entitlement to the right to water and sanitation.

The purpose of this briefing note is to highlight the key areas of submission made to the Kajiado County Assembly by Watershed WP2 partners, through the leadership of the Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network (KEWASNET).

Location: Kenya

Language: English

Type: Briefing note/Position Paper