News Categories: Water

22 Feb
By: Kajiado County Admin 0

LANDMARK AGREEMENT: SIGNING CEREMONY FOR KAJIADO’S WATER SUPPLY ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

 On February 17th, 2023, a momentous contract signing ceremony took place at the esteemed Prideinn Hotel Mombasa, marking a crucial step forward in meeting the water needs of Kajiado Town residents.  The contract signing was presided over by Mr. Willis Ombai, Chief Executive Officer of the Water Services Trust Fund and Ms. Grace Saitoti, Chief Officer Water Services, representing Kajiado County.

This ambitious project encompasses several vital components which include an 11 km raising main, upgrading essential infrastructure to ensure efficient water distribution across the town, two Major Storage Tanks: including one with a capacity of 225,000 liters at Olosuyian and another holding 150,000 liters at Railways to enhance water storage capacity.Other critical components include a 26 km New Pipeline and reticulations which will ensure water access to individual plots and residences throughout Kajiado town, alleviating long-standing water scarcity. There will also be water kiosks in Majengo, establishing accessible water points to enhance convenience for residents.

The project will primarily utilize water from the Olosuyian boreholes, providing a sustainable and reliable water supply. With a commitment to swift progress, the project is scheduled for completion within just 3 months, ensuring rapid relief to the water challenges faced by Kajiado town.This transformative initiative has received generous support from the Water Services Trust Fund, with funding from the EU totaling Ksh50 million. The County Government of Kajiado, demonstrating their commitment through a counter fund contribution of Ksh21 million.This project will mark a significant turning point for Kajiado town, which has long grappled with water scarcity. The implementation of these essential upgrades promises to usher in a new era of prosperity and well-being the Kajiado community, addressing a fundamental necessity that has been lacking for too long, said Mr. Ombai.Speaking during the ceremony, Grace Saitoti said, “we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all stakeholders involved for their collaboration and support in realizing this life-changing project. Together, we are paving the way for a brighter future for Kajiado town”.

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12 Jan
By: Kajiado County Admin 0

The Governor meets with Oloolaiser Water and Sewarage Company Board of Management in Kajiado North

Today, I had a productive meeting with the Oloolaiser Water and Sewerage Company Board of Management in Gataka, Kajiado North Sub-County. We delved into the strides taken to improve water service delivery, focusing on the Nairobi Satellite Towns Water and Sanitation Development Programme (NST-WSPD), phase 1; LOT 2.

Here are the key takeaways:

1. We’re taking steps to ensure prompt payment for water services.

2. Our Mazingira Unit will enforce decisions on security and address issues like illegal water connections.

3. Prioritizing payment to KPLC to guarantee uninterrupted water supply.

4. Immediate survey of water areas to prevent encroachment.

5. Hard work and commitment are expected from all workers to serve our community effectively.

6. Collaboration between county departments and Oloolaiser Water and Sewerage Company to tackle water-related challenges.

7. A commitment from the county government to support major development projects, particularly the solarization of water sources.

After the meeting, I toured completed projects with Dr. Salau Rongei, Dr. Leina Mpoke, and Eng. Joe Kamau, witnessing accomplishments like the 5,000m cubic Northern Tunnel Collector Tank and the Kiserian Wells field with four boreholes.

Excited by the progress, our journey’s completion on March 29, 2024, is drawing near. Together, we’re making a difference!

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12 Sep
By: Kajiado County Admin 0

POLICY TO DEVELOP A ROBUST POLICY FRAMEWORK IN KAJIADO COUNTY TO ENHANCE GOVERNANCE IN WATER PROVISION AND INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES

Today, Kajiado County department of Water Services in collaboration with KWAHO and WWF-Kenya World Vision Kenya,brought together stakeholders including civil society network, Neighbours Initiative Alliance (NIA),KEWASNET and Wash Alliance at Lake Naivasha Resort to deliberate on the Kajiado County Assembly Water,Environment ,Natural Resources &Climate Change committee on the draft policy which envisions to developing a robust policy framework in Kajiado county to enhance governance in water provision and integrated water resources.#KajiadoCounty
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#WHH
#Nia
#washalliance
#kajiadocountyassembly

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12 Sep
By: Kajiado County Admin 0

FFLOCA IMPLEMENTATION MODEL

Kajiado County ,Ministry of Water Services ,Environment &Natural Resources today, hosted dignitaries from Swedish Embassy -Nairobi, Swedish International Development Corporation (SIDA)Stockholm ,African Wildlife Foundation (AFW),TNT FLLOCA to study and learn on FLLOCA Implementation model.
This is because Sweden in collaboration with African Wildlife Foundation has a new program dubbed “Biodiversity conservation and rehabilitation based upon local communities participation and benefit sharing

 

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18 Aug
By: Kajiado County Admin 0

TRANSFORMING ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER FOR HOUSEHOLD USE AND IRRIGATION

Theme: 10 Years of Devolution: The Present and the Future
COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF KAJIADO

Kajiado is a water scarce County. Cognizant of this
fact, and faced by a rising population, the County
has been on an upward trajectory to connect more
households with water for domestic use and irrigation. The impact of climate change has not made
things better. Water sources are diminishing as human activities encroach on them forcing the County to roll out a massive
restoration drive that is expected to ensure water flows again
in our rivers.
The importance of conservation of rain water is now more
vital than at any other time. The Kajiado County Rainwater
Harvesting Act (2020) is now in force to ensure we do not lose
this precious commodity during the rainy seasons. Every drop
of water must be conserved and utilized prudently.
In order to enhance access to safe & clean water, enhance safe
and suitable environment, and enhance optimal exploitation
and use of the natural resources, the County Government
through the Department of Water, Environment and Climate
Change embarked on the following strategies;
• Drilling of boreholes and shallow wells
• Construction of new & rehabilitation of old pipelines
• Construction/rehabilitation/installations of water storage
tanks
• Establishment of a waste management plan that ensures
reduction, reuse & recycle of all types of waste across the
county
• Construction/rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructure
such as Canals
• Construction of water harvesting facilities (Dams & Pans)
• Waste management, Climate change & green energy
• Management of natural resources and tree planting
 A solarized Water Project in rural Kajiado Kiserian water tank
Nalepo Water project Solarization of Oloosurutia borehole in Kajiado North The Eremit springs protection
Name of project Description
Enkeresuna-Ilmootiok water project Construction of 10.3 km
pipeline, watering facilities and
storage tanks
Usua-Emorkeya Water Project Borehole solarization, 24km
pipeline, water storage tanks
and watering facilities
Nolturesh Pipeline Extension 15km along Maralal-Nenjani and
19km along Mashuuru-Imaroro
including water storage tanks
and kiosks
Kitengela Water Reticulation project Drilling of three boreholes;
installation of desalination
equipment, construction of ten
kiosks
Kimuka Water Supply Project 24km Pipeline, storage tanks
and water kiosks
Eremit Spring Protection and Irrigation project
Spring protection, 2km pipeline,
storage tanks, water and
sanitation facilities and 8-acre
irrigation model farm
Namanga Supply Augmentation
Project
Construction of intake weir; 3
km pipeline and storage tanks of
675m3 cumulative capacity
Rehabilitation and Augmentation
of Oloitokitok Water Supply and
Sanitation Project
Solarization of the pumping
system, pipeline extensions
and household connections including construction of a sewer
system
Rehabilitation of Amboseli Pastoralist Water Supply Project
Construction of intake weir,
solarization of pumping system,
22.1km pipeline,water storage
tanks and watering facilities
Ongoing Nairobi Satellite Towns
Water and Sanitation Development
Programme
Renewal of 205kms pipelines,
Transmission of bulk water
supply of additional 5,000m³
per day, construction of 3no.
water tanks, rehabilitation of
Kiserian Dam and Mbagathi
Water Treatment Plants, drilling
of additional boreholes that
provide additional 4,500m³ per
day in Ngong, Rongai, Kiserian
Towns and their environs
Complete Feasibility Studies and
Designs of 8 mega dams (awaiting
funding)
Noompopong Dam, Kitengela
Dam, Ereteti Dam, Airfield Dam,
Oloyiankalani Dam, Olooloitiokoshi Dam, Namanga Dam and
Olkejuado Dam
Ongoing Saina-Majengo Water
Supply Project Phase 1
Solarization of borehole, 10km
pipeline, storage tanks and
watering facilities
Milestones Achieved (2013 – 2022)
Project type Numbers
Boreholes drilled and equipped/rehabilitated 425
Water pans 42
Pipeline extensions 169km
Gullies rehabilitated 11
Storm water drains rehabilitated constructed 2
Sand dams constructed 3
Existing boreholes diesel engines replaced with solar energy 51
Springs developed and protected 3
In addition;
(i)Nolturesh water pipeline is now serving some of the remotest places
with key arteries at Oloitokitok, Iltilal, Imaroro & Mashuuru. Over 11,000
households have been connected to the Nolturesh water pipeline since
2017.
Major strides
(i)Reduction of distance covered by people to get water from an average
of 15km by 50 per cent.
(ii)Increased the population of people getting clean and safe drinking water from 35% to 50%
Some of the key projects
Department of Environment
Achievements
• Decommissioning and relocation of the historic Ngong dumpsite

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04 Mar
By: Kajiado County 0

Department of Water – Scorecard 2017-2022

In line with the County Government’s initiatives to enhance access to safe & clean water, enhance safe & suitable environment, and enhance optimal exploitation and use of the natural resources within the county, the government through the department of water, environment embarked on the following strategies namely:

  • Drilling of boreholes and shallow wells
  • Construction of new & rehabilitation of old pipelines
  • Construction/rehabilitation/installations of tanks
  • Establish a waste management plan that ensures reduction, reuse & recycle of all types of waste across the county
  • Construction of irrigation schemes ( Canals)
  • Construction of water harvesting facilities ( Dams & Pans)
  • Waste managenment, Climate change & green energy
  • Management of natural resources and tree planting

Milestone Achieved (2017 – 2020)

DEPARTMENT Project Projects initiated during the period Complete projects     Ongoing projects
Water, Irrigation, Environment & Natural Resources Objective: To increase access to safe water for domestic, livestock & institution consumption    
Outcome: Increased access to water for domestic, livestock & institutional consumption    
Newly Initiated Boreholes 89 74 15
Water pans by County & partners 9 9  
Canaling 2 3  
Distillation 4 4  
Equipping & Tank installation of old boreholes 82 82  
Piping Systems 19 19  

In addition,

  • Nolturesh water pipeline is now serving some of the remote places with key arteries at Oloitokitok, Iltilal, Imaroro & Mashuru. Over 11,000 households have been connected to Nolturesh water pipeline since 2017.
  • Acquired the EPZ water pipeline from the national government for direct water supply to the people of Kitengela and its environs through construction of 12 Water kiosks that serves as water points which are fully operational, serving thousands of kitengela resident’s

Success stories

  • Reduction of distance covered by people to get water from an average of 15km to about 8km
  • Increased in the population of people getting clean and safe drinking water from 35% to 45%

Environment Unit

Sector mandate

  • Solid waste management systems which shall ensure clean, safe and habitable urban centers
  • Tree planting and nurturing
  • Air and noise pollution control
  • Street cleaning, beautification and landscaping
  • Protection of fragile ecosystems
  • Development of public recreational parks
  • Public nuisance control and removal
  • Management and safe guarding county forests

 

Waste Management Solid waste was an eyesore in all major towns as there was no major functional waste management plan.

Achievements

  • Decommissioning and relocation of the historic Ngong dumpsite
  • Improvement of Kitengela dumpsite by introducing the recycling hub
  • Purchase of garbage collection trucks & 4 skips loaders and 10 dustbins at Kajiado North and east sub-counties
  • Beautification of Isinya bus park & Kajiado square  
  • Distribution of garbage trucks to 5 sub counties
  • Environmental conservation through tree planting in schools, church, Entarara forest
  • Waste value addition, capacity building – taka mali initiative at Kitengela
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02 Mar
By: Kajiado County 0

mWater Asset Management Portal

In 2022, the Water Department at Kajiado County Worked on an online database with the support of WHH (a local WASH Partner) to setup the mWater database for management of rural water schemes/sources, including an inventory and operational performance. This information was then presented in the consoles below, within mWater:

 

View the detailed consoles on

  1. mWATER- Asset Management Dashboard
  2. mWATER O&M Dashboard
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02 Mar
By: Kajiado County 0

Enhancing access to safe & clean water


In line with the County initiatives to enhance access to safe & clean water, enhance safe & suitable environment, and enhance optimal exploitation and use of the natural resources within the county, the government through the department of water, environment embarked on the following strategies namely:

  • Drilling of boreholes and shallow wells
  • Construction of new & rehabilitation of old pipelines
  • Construction/rehabilitation/installations of tanks
  • Establish a waste management plan that ensures reduction, reuse & recycle of all types of waste across the county
  • Construction of irrigation schemes ( Canals)
  • Construction of water harvesting facilities ( Dams & Pans)
  • Waste management, Climate change & green energy
  • Management of natural resources and tree planting
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27 Apr
By: CGK 0

MEGA WATER PROJECT

H.E the Governor made it to the top of Mount Orok (Oldonyo Orok ) to supervise the ongoing mega water project that will serve Namanga and Maili Tisa towns and their environs.

A 450,000 litres tank has been constructed at the source while a 225,000 litres storage tank has been put up in Namanga town.Approximately 50,000 residents are set to benefit.

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09 Apr
By: CGK 0

OLOITOKITOK WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION PROJECT

Water access to over 60,000 residents of Oloitokitok and the neighbouring areas of Ilasit, Nkama and the KRA border post is nearing full implementation.

The Rehabilitation and Augmentation of the Oloitokitok Water Supply and Sanitation Project will enhance the county government mission of ensuring that the Nolturesh Water benefits the people of Kajiado County.

Solar power shall be used to pump the water from four pumps at the source making it affordable.

A total of 4,720 solar panels and associated electromagnetic equipment will produce a total of 1.5 MW of power.

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