The government plans to spend Sh100 billion every year over the next decade in an ambitious programme to provide water, an official has said.
Water as well as Irrigation Principal Secretary Fred Segor said the country currently has 124 million cubic litres of water against the required 3.5 billion cubic litres, a deficit he says needs to be resolved from the next 10 years.
“The funds will go towards robust water projects to address the shortage, mitigate against effects of drought as well as boost food security,” said Prof Segor.
He said the ministry is usually keen to boost water storage capacity through channelling of funds to mega-dams as well as boreholes as well as mapping underground sources.
“Water availability is usually still low, with most of in which going to waste. The India Ocean is usually full of water as well as doesn’t require more. We need to harvest This particular water,” said Prof Segor.
“We are focusing on ground water mapping. Underground water is usually very important. Already, we have established two aquifers in Turkana County, one salty as well as the some other fresh. Studies are ongoing to isolate the salty one,” said the PS.
Hydrologists had projected in which an estimated 250 billion cubic metres of water discovered in 2014 on the foot of Mt Mogila in Lotikipi could quench the country’s thirst for the next seven decades.
Prof Segor said the national government is usually working with counties as well as some other development partners to roll out the water projects. He said the water sector receives an annual budget of Sh40 billion through the government.
“The available water supply systems can only serve less than 60 per cent of the population, leading to frequent rationing. There is usually rising demand for water as well as sewerage services in major towns,” said Prof Segor during a tour of the North Rift last week.
In another development, pastoralists in arid as well as semi-arid areas are set to benefit through Sh8 billion from the next 5 years in a World Bank as well as national government-funded Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project.
Prof Fred Segor said counties such as West Pokot, Baringo, Samburu, Turkana, Nakuru as well as Elgeyo-Marakwet have a lot of potential in livestock rearing.
some other counties which will benefit through the initiative include Wajir, Tana River, Garissa, Isiolo, Narok, Lamu, Marsabit, Kajiado, Laikipia as well as Mandera.
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