NEMA lauds partnership with water boards
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has commended the partnership initiatives it enjoys with various water services board in the country.
Speaking during a consultative meeting between the environmental Authority and water services boards CEOs on treatment of wastewater in the country, NEMA Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu highlighted the role played by NEMA on provision of standards and procedure for wastewater treatment by various sector. This is done with the aim of ensuring sound environmental management.
In his keynote address, Prof Wahungu noted that the consultative meeting was meant to facilitate dialogue aimed at improving service delivery as well as identifying compliance needs that would require intervention of NEMA for better quality of the environment.
Prof. Wahungu further lauded the complimentary role played by the Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB) regulates the operations of the Water Services Boards, as well as the Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA) which handles issues of water abstraction and effluent discharge permits.
NEMA, through the Water Quality Regulations, 2006 have recognized nine sectors that have the highest potential to generate wastewater which if not pre-treated can cause pollution. These sectors are Sewerage, Petroleum, Sugar Factories, Flower Farms, Slaughter Houses, Tanneries, Irrigation, Hotels and Lodges and Distillers. As such, the regulations have provided specific standards and procedures for wastewater treatment for each sector which should be attained prior to discharge into the sewer system. The Water Quality Regulation 2006 is therefore the tool to ensure effective collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater.
Prof Wahungu informed the forum that NEMA had successfully conducted a country-wide sensitization campaign on Environmental Management Coordination Authority EMCA (1999) and gazetted Environmental Regulations to all Water and Sewerage Companies during the last financial year.
“These companies are the service providers for the treatment of wastewater in the country and hence very crucial in stopping pollution to the environment.” Said Prof Wahungu noting that the campaign was aimed at enhancing the capacity of the Water Service Providers especially on the standards provided under the Water Quality Regulations, 2006.
He added that “This is part of a sustained effort by the Authority to promote compliance and self-regulation through building internal technical capacities of key sectors who are the immediate implementers of environmental regulations.”
As recipients of wastewater from all other sectors the Sewerage Sector is expected to remain vigilant in order to ensure that the sectors undertake pre-treatment to attain stipulated standards by the regulations (which regulations) before being discharged into their systems. This will guarantee efficient wastewater treatment prior to discharge to the environment as well as proper maintenance of the sewerage infrastructure that is at risk of damage from untreated waste water.
Prof Wahungu reiterated that the Water and Sewerage Companies cannot be fully efficient if pre-treatment is not undertaken.
EMCA (Waste Tyre Management) Regulations August 2013.pdf
NEMA intend to hold stake holders meeting to look at the draft regulations on waste Tyre management in November at KICC. Stake holders will be allowed to make their comments.
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