This was the strong message that Prof. Eng. Bancy Mati, the Director WARREC enunciated on during her presentation in the 5th UNESCO Africa Engineering Week held at PrideInn Hotel, Mombasa from 17th – 21st September 2018. The event also doubled up as the 3rd Africa Engineering Conference & the 25th IEK International Conference.
On her keynote presentation paper entitled “Innovations in Solar Water Pumping Systems: Taking Kenya’s Development to the Next Level during the workshop opening on Monday, 17thSeptember 2018, Prof. Mati articulated on a wide range of issues impacting on solar water pumping, charting the way forward for upscaling the technology in Kenya. She touched on the water issues in Kenya highlighting the water endowments of the country, disconnect in access to water and showed that water scarcity is a problem faced in both in rural and urban areas. There are opportunities missed and challenges in water lifting/pumping, especially using conventional pumping devises such as manual water lifting. The costs of petrol/diesel pumping are high, they pollute the environment and for group projects, often fail when communities cannot maintain gensets or afford fuel. Electric pumping from grid power is isolated and available to a few, but it is also expensive. Asserted Prof. Mati.