Meru NEMA County Director Mark Angwenyi has advised those yet to renew or apply for the Effluent Discharge License to do so by 31st January 2020.
In a statement on the general water quality, Angwenyi said all sewerage service providers had a key role to play in enabling the government implement regulations and policies formulated to enhance environmental protection and conservation.
He said the concerned bodies were expected to have taken advantage of the grace period granted in January to renew and apply for the license bearing in mind old licenses expired on 31st December 2019.
Angwenyi noted that sewerage service providers had an obligation to comply with the Water Quality Regulations, 2006 to the letter saying they were the leading water contaminators in all the 47 counties.
“Compliance to the law is the only guarantee for anybody to carry out business operation freely and with ease regardless of where they were,” Angwenyi stressed.
He warned that anybody intending to play hide and seek with NEMA officials out to execute their duties would face the full force of the law.
The Director wondered why anybody would fail to comply within the stipulated time, yet the government had provided a more convenient option of renewing and applying for licenses online using the NEMA portal or the E-citizen platform.
He further urged players in the sector to cooperate with NEMA officials who will be visiting their facilities and premises on an intensified crackdown on non-compliance immediately after 31st January, 2020 adding that non-compliance was likely to result to closure of business and or prosecution of the operators.
By Makaa Margaret