More than 3,000 dams have no safety permits - 7 months ago, 11 July 05:52

By: Edwin Mutai

Water and Sanitation principal secretary Joseph Irungu told MPs that only 843 out of the 4,140 dams and pans are regulated by the Water Resources Authority (WRA), the successor of the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA).

Mr Irungu told the National Assembly’s committee on environment that the Solai dam, which burst its banks and killed 47 people in Nakuru, had not been inspected.

He said WRA only inspected a weir in 2014 that the Patel Farm owners converted into a dam without regulatory approvals.

WRA chief executive officer Mohamed Shuriye told Parliament that the Authority inspected the killer Patel dam in 2014 and that the facility was due for a further review in December 2018.

“We usually inspect dams every five years, but we review them when an operator applies to make modifications,” Mr Shuriye said.

Mr Shuriye did not, however, explain why the agency did not implement recommendations by its officer who inspected the ...
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