Wesley Kipng’enoh, a communication specialist from Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership won the 2018 Young Professional Video Contest at the 28th edition of World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday.
The former Standard group plc journalist won the coveted award at a ceremony that attracted over 3,300 participants and 370 organizations from over 135 countries all over the world.
The ceremony was officially opened by Dr. Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General urging the younger generation to be included in water resource management in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goal number 6 on water that advocated Clean Water and Sanitation.
Wesley produced a video ”Water Abstraction in Mt Kenya” that focused on the destruction of the Mount Kenya water tower through erection of illegal structures and other activities that are affecting the flow of water downstream.
The expose reveals that private developers have set up intake points upstream on major rivers that draw their water from Mt Kenya.
“12 water intakes in a radius of abut 10km were found during the survey. They sit between 3200 to 4000 meters above sea level. The highest water intake recorded during the survey was at 3987 metres above sea level-an indication that water users are going higher and higher up at the mountain to abstract water,” explains the video.
The expose by the 27 year old forced the Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko to visit the water tower warned those who have encroached the area with illegal activities of stern action against them. The CS was also surprised at the high numbers of intakes set up illegally.
“It is clear that there’s massive over-exploitation upstream of water resources. In Sagana River, there are about 75 intake points and 45 on Thegu River which proportionately high,” said the CS.