Striking a Balance between Water Resource Management and Water service Provision

Water resource management and water service provision are the salient issues affecting most of Coastal Counties in Kenya. Mombasa County and Taita Taveta County are among the counties that are grappling to find solutions to the above issues. Maji na Ufanisi (MnU) and Danish Peoples Aid (DPA) have been on the front line in working with the local communities and county governments in tackling the above perennial problems.

Members of the WASH Committee sharing ideas next to the Njoro Kubwa Springs in Taveta

Recently MnU and DPA took a joint tour of the ongoing Water Governance Projects in Mombasa and Taita Taveta Counties. The tour focused on the fundamental differences affecting the two counties. For instance while Mombasa County is grappling with the issues of acquiring more water resources and how to improve water service provision, Taita Taveta is grappling with the thorny issue of water conservation and good water resource management.  

Local community showing a section of the natural spring that has been destroyed by heavy rains and human encroachment  

 

Representing DPA was Mr. Jan Kjaer a Media Consultant and Journalist who would publish the developments observed in the ongoing projects, while MnU was represented by the Programmes Officer, Coast Region and the Information Communication Officer. Also accompanying the team were the Mombasa County WASH Committee and the Taita Taveta County WASH Committee. Among the areas visited included, Bangladesh informal Settlement, Mombasa County the endangered water springs in Salaita, Taveta Sub-County and Njoro Kubwa, Taveta-Sub-County. 

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Wangari Maathai Institute, University of Nairobi
Wangari Maathai Institute, University of Nairobi