Ministry of Water & Sanitation

County Executive Committee (CEC) Ministry of Water & Sanitation

Mr.Gasper Kabaka Mshighati


Chief Officer

Ms Elpida M



The County Ministry of Water 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;

  1. Rain water harvesting from roof tops, surface run off (water pans, sand dams, and check dams).

  2. Run pipelines of Water from Springs, Rivers and lakes.

  3. 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.