Water, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Mandera County is water scarce and sanitation poor. According to the KIHBS 2005/2006, 34.6% of population had access to safe drinking water as compared to the national figure which at the time stood at 57%.The County is prone to disasters such as recurrent drought, floods, conflicts and famine. The existence of Disaster response coordination Teams, early warning systems and appropriate responses to reduce livelihood losses are vital to managing disasters and eliminating the adverse impacts associated with these.
This should include; increased water harvesting techniques, studying past incidents and factoring in disaster cost. In 2013, when devolution was rolled out in the country, Mandera county had only 261 water sources consisting of 69 operational Boreholes, 12 infiltration gallery wells along Daua River, 86 public Earth Pans / Dams, 10 private Earth Pans/Dams, 2 Rock Catchments, 60 underground tanks and 2 low yielding springs.
A County with Sustainable access to adequate water, a clean and healthy environment for all.
To ensure; efficient and economical provision of water and sewerage services, increased environmental conservation, appropriate utilization of natural resources and improved access to affordable & environment friendly sources of energy to meet the various socio-economic needs of Mandera county
The County Government in response to the above “Vision” and “Mission” proposes programmes and projects which seek to pursue the following key strategic objectives during the 2018/19 – 2022/23 period:
- To improve availability and spatial distribution of water sources through appropriate exploitation of existing surface and ground water development potential in the county,
- To improve access to adequate, safe & affordable water and sewerage services both in urban and rural areas to spar economic productivity and enhance living standards
- To strengthen the institutional capacity of the county Government to effectively deliver water and sewerage services through the review of existing setups and developing the capability of institutions to enhance service delivery,
- To reduce the vulnerability of agro-pastoralist communities to negative impacts of pro-longed, often recurrent droughts and floods through the implementation of long-term drought and floods mitigation interventions that shall progressively eliminate the need for short – term interventions such as emergency water trucking and repair of damaged facilities, and
- To mainstream Gender, Environment Conservation, Pro-poor approaches, ICT and other cross – cutting issues in the delivery of water and sewerage services