County Executive Committee Member (CECM)

 Mrs Esther Mwanyumba

Chief Officer

Rev Sylvanus Mwakoma


The County Ministry of Water, Environment and Irrigation plans to increase availability of safe domestic water to citizens of Taita Taveta County from 35% to 100% by 2018.The ministry also plans to increase the area of land under irrigation from 5,000 Ha to 25,000 Ha by 2018 in order ensure food sufficiency in the county.

The development of water infrastructure and Service delivery in the county will be anchored on the following 5 Pillars.

  1. Fair distribution of Water Resources and the recognition that water is a constitutional and human right to our citizens.
  2. Efficiency.All our water projects should run efficiently. Unfinished projects shall be completed and existing projects shall be improved to operate at optimal efficiency.
  3. Development of Infrastructure to abstract water from Above ground (Rain water), Surface (Rivers, Springs, Lakes) and Below ground (Boreholes). This shall include;
  • Rain water harvesting from roof tops, surface run off (water pans, sand dams, and check dams).
  • Run pipelines of Water from Springs, Rivers and lakes.
  • Sink and equip boreholes.
  1. Construction of Flagship water projects of Mzima springs and Lake Challa to provide water for domestic use and Irrigation.
  2. Protection of environment. All water springs/catchments in the county will be protected in order to restore water sources and a sustainable environment.


The Ministry of Water & Irrigation at the county level has been assigned the following functions: storm water management and provision of water. These functions will be covered under the following sub-sectors.


Increasing access to portable water in rural areas and urban centres:

  • Rehabilitation of existing water supply systems.
  • Development of new water system.
  • Drill boreholes to increase water supply to the urban/rural centers.

Provision of water for livestock:

  • Build dams and water pans to increase storage of rain water.


Promote water harvesting and modern irrigation methods Secure and conserve water catchment areas:

  • Rehabilitation of existing irrigation infrastructure.
  • Determination of irrigation potential.
  • Development of new irrigation infrastructure.


Rehabilitation of degraded places & Mitigating the effects of floods:

  • Promotion of planting of appropriate trees and rehabilitate degraded catchment areas.
  • Enforcement of environmental and water resources management laws to deal with poaching, encroaching on catchment areas and wildlife reserves, degradation through mining and charcoal burning and illegal diversion of rivers.


Rehabilitation of degraded areas such as hills and rivers:

  • Mobilize communities around degraded sites in order to win their support for the projects.

Education and awareness:

  • Develop site specific environment management plan acceptable to all stakeholders.

Ensuring compliance on EIA/EA, waste, water quality and noise regulations:

  • Undertake interventions that will reduce degradation and provide livelihoods improvement to the surrounding communities on a sustainable basis.

Operationalize the environmental coordination and management act;

Awareness creation on individual rights under the new Act;

Promote alternative sources of energy;

Reduce environment degradation to minimal levels:

  • Initiate aggressive Campaign on tree planting and reforestation;
  • Environmental Days and Awards;
  • Increase surveillance and enforcement of existing regulation on charcoal trade;
  • Resettlement of squatters on settlement schemes;
  • Increase surveillance and ensure enforcement of the EMCA ACT;
  • Increase education on integrated pest management and the extension services;
  • Aggressive Campaigns on proper waste disposal/management and use of biodegradable materials;
  • Promotion of an integrated Approach of conservation initiative;
  • Promotion of conservation initiatives focused on certain Catchment areas;
  • Emphasis on conservation for production or activities/outputs that farmers Can derive and share.


Provide Proper infrastructure for solid and liquid waste management:

  • Source for financing and construction of sewage systems .

Increase toilet coverage:

  • Public education to change attitude.
DocumentsDownload link
Taita Taveta County Water and Sanitation Policy DraftDownload
climate change fund regulationsDownload
Taita Taveta Climate Change Draft Policy 1Download
climate change programDownload