Water and Vision 2030

Kenya Vision 2030 is the new country’s development blueprint covering the period 2008 to 2030. It aims at making Kenya a newly industrializing, “middle income country providing high quality life for all its citizens by the year 2030”.

The Vision has been developed through an all-inclusive stakeholder consultative process, involving Kenyans from all parts of the country. The vision is based on three “pillars” namely; the economic pillar, the social pillar and the political pillar.

The vision 2030 comes after the successful implementation of the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation (ERS) which has seen the country’s economy back on the path to rapid growth since 2002, when GDP was at 0.6% rising to 6.1% in 2006.

Kenya is a water scarce country. The country therefore aims to conserve water sources and start new ways of harvesting and using rain and underground water. The 2030 vision for Water and Sanitation is to ensure that improved water and sanitation are available and accessible to all.

The goal for 2012 is to increase both access to safe water and sanitation in both rural and urban areas beyond present levels. To promote agricultural productivity the area under irrigation and drainage will increase from 140,000 to 300,000 hectares.

Specific strategies will be introduced to raise the standard of the country’s overall water resource management, storage and harvesting capability.


Flagship Projects for Water and Sanitation

The Flagship projects under Water and Sanitation for 2012 are to:


  • Rehabilitate the hydro-metrological network and rehabilitate 600 stations; Construct 2 multi-purpose dams with storage capacity of 2.4 billion m3 along rivers Nzoia and Nyando;
  • Construct 22 medium- sized multi-purpose dams with a total capacity of 2 billions m3 to supply water for domestic, livestock and irrigation use in the ASAL areas;
  • Construct a 54Km canal from Tana River to Garissa (Rahole canal);
  • Rehabilitate and expand the Mzima pipeline which will supply water in all the coastal towns in support or tourism;
  • Rehabilitate and expand urban water supply and sanitation in the key satellite towns identified under the economic pillar.
  • Construct the Tana Delta Project and ;
  • Rehabilitate and expand the major irrigation schemes (Bura, Hola, Kano Plains, Nzoia, Perkera, Kerio Valley , Mwea, Taita Taveta, Ewaso Nyiro North and Ngurumani)