Exclusive interview with Eng. David Onyango, Managing Director of the Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company Limited in Kenya. Eng. Onyango will address delegates at African Utility Week on: “Delegated management model: an answer to water service provision challenges in informal settlements”.
1. Tell us more about your organization and your activities in the utility industry?
Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company Limited is a water utility serving Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya. I am a past Chairman of Water Services Providers Association in Kenya (the association for water utilities) and currently a Taskforce Member on Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction, a project under AfWA and FABRI-USAID.
2. Any specific project updates/success stories that you can share?
We recently concluded, with other partners, a water supply upgrade project for Kisumu City that will give adequate water to the city up to the year 2032.
3. What in your view are the main challenges currently to the energy industry in Africa?
There are two main issues, that being demand for energy exceeding supply capacity and the high cost of energy to the consumer.
4. What is your vision for this industry?
To use technology to make clean water available to all at affordable prices.
5. You are part of the conference program at this year’s African Utility Week in May, what will be your message?
By adopting appropriate strategies and technologies, it is possible for utilities to serve the poor segments of society and do so without operating at a loss.
6. What are you most looking forward to at African Utility Week?
Hearing about new initiatives for service improvement by African utilities and gaining exposure to new technologies in the market.
7. Anything you would like to add?
Problems requiring policy intervention that emerge from this forum should be escalated to the African Council of Ministers on water for water related matters.