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Kajiado County Admin August 18, 2023

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