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May 17, 2024National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority has commenced the construction of Umaa Dam in Kitui County which had stalled for over ten years. The Authority has contracted China Jiangxi, International Corporation to construct the dam at a cost of 1.9 billion shillings. The Authority undertook a design review of the project where some of the structures from earlier construction will be retained and signed a contract for the same in December, 2023. The contractor mobilized to site in January, 2024 and the project is set to be complete in two years. Umaa dam is one of the five initial Vision 2030 flagship projects located along river Nzeu downstream of the confluence of Mukoleyka and Muvati rivers, about 170 kilometres from Nairobi City and 7kms Northeast of Kitui town. With a storage capacity of 1.228 MM3, and 3,975m3/day, the dam is set to serve a population of over 75,000 people in Kitui County. The project components will comprise of the Dam embankment, spillway, water treatment works, Raw water main pipeline, storage tanks among others. Some of the key benefits of the dam will include; Increased access to domestic water that will reduce travel distance and time wasted in search of water. Reduced incidences of waterborne diseases. Improvement of the population’s overall health. Downstream flood mitigation Improved living standards for the area residents. Employment creation during the construction phase and opportunities or permanent employment during the operation phase. Growth of secondary business during the construction phase, e.g.; supply of spare parts for machinery to the contractor and private individuals, supply and maintenance of furniture, office equipment and stationery, food business, public transport and hospitality services among others. Nationally, the project supports the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA) in that water from the project will be used for irrigation and multi-purposes uses thus contributing immensely to food security.   Umaa Dam website photo [...] Read more...
May 13, 2024The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Water Sanitation & Irrigation Zachariah Njeru EGH led the Ministry and its MDAs in planting trees at Namanga Hills, Kajiado County on the National Tree Growing day of May 10th to honor Kenyans who died due to floods.   CS Njeru said the Ministry is committed to achieve its tree planting target as per the Presidential directive of attaining the 15 billion tree target in five years. He noted that tree planting is critical in the protection of our water sources especially during this time we have already experienced the effects of climate change. The CS was accompanied by the Principal Secretaries from the two State Departments; Mr. Julius Korir (Water and Sanitation) and CPA Ephantus Kimotho, (Irrigation), Water Secretary Eng. SAO Alima, Sector CEOs, senior officials and staff from the Ministry and its MDAs. Kajiado Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho commended the impressive turnout from the residents noting that concerted effort from the county and national governments is key in achieving a greener and healthier environment. The Authority’s Chairman, Mr. Symon Maina led the Authority’s team together with the Ag. CEO Eng. John Muhia. They echoed the sentiments of the CS on the big role that trees play in curbing effects of climate change. A total of 100,000 trees were planted where the Authority gave 50,000 indigenous tree seedlings. The Authority is committed to ensure it meets its targets that will contribute to National Tree Growing Campaign as per the Presidential directive. Environment, Climate Change and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya had set a target for each adult to plant at least 50 trees and each child to plant at least 10 trees. She noted that this would enable the country plant a total of one billion trees which is part of an extensive tree-planting program. Namanga tree planting [...] Read more...
April 5, 2024We signed a Memorandum of Understanding; (MOU) with the County Government of Elgeiyo-Marakwet on 22nd March, 2024 during the World Water Day celebrations. The objective of the MOU is to develop water infrastructure in the county where drilling of seventeen boreholes is currently ongoing.  Elgeiyo-Marakwet County Governor H.E Wisley Rotich said the purpose of the MOU is to establish a working relationship towards enhancing water harvesting and storage in the county. Governor Rotich added that the MoU outlines how water harvesting and storage will help foster peace among communities where water is scarce and a source of conflicts especially in the Kerio Valley. “In the next three and half years we are looking at sinking more than 100 boreholes across the County in schools (primary, secondary and tertiary institutions) in order to improve water provision which currently stands at 38% against a national average of 56%.” Governor Rotich. Governor Rotich thanked the Authority for the partnership which aims to contribute to building of resilience, peace, the eradication of poverty leading to sustainable development through provision of adequate water for Irrigation and domestic use.   NWHSA’s Chairman Symon Maina noted that the water for peace program is very critical not only for peace but food security. Provision of water to the residents of Elgeyo Marakwet will provide them with alternative sources of income through irrigation supported agricultural activities. This will in turn foster peace and peaceful co-existence between communities living in the border of neighboring counties.  The Authority’s Ag. Chief Executive Officer Eng. John K. Muhia assured the Governor of quality work and commitment by the Authority to ensure the project is a success. The works will include the drilling of boreholes and rehabilitation of dams. This will result in an increase in water provision for domestic use and small-scale irrigation, thereby enhancing food security and improved social-economic well-being. “The collaboration is timely and an opportunity to transform lives of the communities in Elgeyo- Marakwet in the short, medium and long term.” Eng. Muhia.  Present during the signing of the MOU was the Governor Wisley Rotich, Authority’s Chairman Symon Maina, the Authority’s Directors Rogers Chepkwony’, Amina Mohammed and Kipseng’eret Koros, Ag. CEO Eng. John Muhia, CEC Water, Mr. Jason Lagat among other senior officials from the Authority and the County.  The water infrastructure will contribute to the building of resilience, peace, the eradication of poverty and sustainable development through provision of adequate water for Irrigation and domestic use. The collaboration is timely and an opportunity to help transform the lives of the communities in Elgeyo Marakwet with both short, medium and long-term impact.  The collaboration activities will be centered on drilling of boreholes and equipping, solarizing of water supply for irrigation and domestic use and rehabilitation of colonial dams. The purpose of this collaboration is to reduce the resource-based conflicts that arise due to fight for pasture and water. it will also enable communities to have alternative sources of income through irrigation supported agricultural activities, foster peace and peaceful co-existence by the communities living in the border and enhance food security in the County through irrigated agriculture. The Authority has also collaborated with the neighboring County of Baringo and is undertaking the same program in building resilience, peace and sustainable development through provision of adequate water for Irrigation and domestic use. NWHSA signs MOU with EMC [...] Read more...
March 29, 2024We joined the world in celebrating World Water Day 2024 at Elgeiyo-Marakwet and Uasin-Gishu counties. This year’s theme was “Leveraging Water for Peace.” The theme aligned with efforts of the sector to increase access to clean and safe water in Kerio Valley and its surrounding areas to foster peace between communities.  The Cabinet Secretary Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Hon Zacharia Njeru EGH led the water sector institutions in marking the most important day in the sector, whose Chief Guest was Her Excellency the First Lady Rachel Ruto.  In a speech read on her behalf by CS Njeru, the first lady noted that the theme “Water for Peace” came at the right time when the government is working on fostering peace among communities in Kerio Valley, where conflicts have persisted for long. She added that such conflicts are majorly brought about by land, pasture or water. Hence, provision of water will enable communities to engage in other alternative social-economic activities. Further, she noted that the impacts of climate change continue to pose challenges across the world hence the need to protect and conserve our water sources and the environment.  On his part, the CS highlighted that Kenya has a total of 22.5 billion cubic metres of water resource per year. It estimates the per capita water availability at 450 cubic metres. This figure is far below the global benchmark of 1000 cubic metres per capita according to the National Water Master Plan. However, the government seeks to increase water coverage by actively carrying out last-mile connectivity to about 200,000 households per year.  PS Water and Sanitation Julius Korir CBS, noted that Irrigation is a major contributor to achievement of food security for Kenya as well as improving people’s livelihoods and economic welfare. Sentiments that were echoed by the Water Secretary Eng SAO Alima EBS, who said Liter is an area of high agricultural potential hence, provision of water will empower the communities produce more in terms of crops and livestock.   The Authority’s Chairman Mr. Symon Maina noted the critical role that water plays in fostering peace.  managing water resources in a way that fosters unity, equitable distribution and cooperation among communities will prevent conflicts. Water will improve livelihoods by empowering them economically and the impact will be long term. Further, access to clean and safe water promotes good health and social stability. “With increased population and effects of climate change, demand for water keeps increasing hence the need to cope with this demand through collaborative efforts in water infrastructure. Water for peace projects have worked well in fostering peace in that the management of these water resources have built trust and cooperation among communities who now co-exist harmoniously.” Ag. Chief Executive Officer Eng. John Muhia The CS was accompanied by PS Water, Sanitation & Irrigation Julius Korir CBS, Water Secretary Eng SAO Alima EBS, Elgeyo Marakwet Governor H.E. Wesley Rotich, a representative of Uasin-Gishu County, Chairpersons and CEOs of water sector institutions, the patron of SMACHS Foundation (Smart Mechanized Agriculture & Climate Action for Humanity and Sustainability), Charlene Ruto, the Administration among other stakeholders.  The activities that were used to mark the day included tree planting, installation of water harvesting facilities at Liter Primary School, visit to Mindililwo Special School in Iten, Illula Albino Centre in Uasin-Gishu and Two Rivers Dam.   The Authority’s team was led by Chairman Symon Maina. These were, Directors Rogers Chepkwony’, Amina Mohamed, Kipseng’eret Koros, Ag. CEO Eng. John Muhia, Ag. GM Infrastructure Development Eng. Julius Mugun, Manager, Resource Mobilization George Nyabicha, Manager Corporate Communication Joyce Rono, Principal Legal Officer Doris Mwangi, Procurement Officer Jacob Kibor, Communication Officer Everlyne Lutta among other staff.   Leveraging water for peace [...] Read more...
March 14, 2024We joined fellow sector institutions and other stakeholders in the Water Sanitation and Investors Conference (WASIC) held between 6-8th March 2024 at Kenyatta International Convention Center, KICC. The conference theme was “Accelerating Investments for Sustainable Access to Water and Sanitation for All,” came at the right time when the sector is working on legal frameworks to fund water projects through the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). It was officially opened by H.E The President, who was represented by Cabinet Secretary for Water Sanitation and Irrigation Mr. Zachariah Njeru, EGH. CS Njeru thanked the main organizers of the conference; Water Sector Trust Fund (WSTF) for a successful event that brought together participants whose in-depth and rich discussions will be instrumental in the implementation of PPPs. The CS thanked all sponsors of the event for their support noting that exhibitions and participation by both public and private entities was key to unlocking business potential. CS Njeru pointed out that the sector requires Ksh.652 billion to fund water projects and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and our own Vision 2030. CS Njeru pointed out that the Government allocated close to Kshs. 80 billion for the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation In this Financial Year for the progressive realization of access to safe water and sanitation services and improvement of food security in the country.  The issue of funding for water projects dominated discussions at the conference with stakeholders calling for fast tracking of PPP frameworks and resource mobilization. Adoption of innovation and technology is essential in cutting costs and solving challenges facing the sector. Kenya National Water and Sanitation Investment and Financing Plan (NAWASIP) aims at enhancing water and sanitation investment and financing plans as per the Water Act, 2016. It proposes a set of institutional, financial and other measures, which are aimed at addressing discrepancies in five identified sub-sectors (water resources, urban water supply and sanitation, rural water supply and sanitation, irrigation and watershed management and environmental aspects of water) in order to protect the interests of all stakeholders. This will be implemented through construction of small dams, boreholes, water service lines extension and sanitation facilities in rural areas. Key highlights included discussions on water harvesting and storage in Kenya and how to tap into existing opportunities while leveraging technology. The Authority’s Ag. Chief Executive Officer Eng. John Muhia echoed the clarion call by participants on prioritizing funding for water projects as water is an enabler to the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BeTA). He added that by using these rain water harvesting techniques, we recharge the water bodies and increase their capacity hence mitigate against floods and soil erosion. The conference was organized by Water Sector Trust Fund – WSTF in collaboration with the Ministry of Water, Sanitation & Irrigation, Council of Governors among other partners and sponsors. The Authority used the forum to interact with its stakeholders, respond to their queries and get feedback. WASIC 2024 [...] Read more...
March 6, 2024WATER CS. MR. ZACHARIAH NJERU’s TOUR OF SOIN-KORU DAM CS Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Mr Zachariah Njeru, EGH accompanied by the PS Irrigation Mr. Ephantus Kimotho, CBS, toured Soin-Koru Dam yesterday.He was given the project brief by the Authority’s Ag. CEO Eng. John Muhia who was accompanied by the project Engineer Julius Mugun. The land owners urged officials to fast-track outstanding compensation, a concern that the CS noted government’s commitment to look for resources in order to progress compensation and construction of the dam. The CS pointed out the major role of the project in contributing to Agriculture and food security which is one of the main pillars of the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda. (BeTA). Soin-Koru Dam is a multipurpose dam located about 5km upstream of Muhoroni Town across Nyando River that forms the boundary between Kericho and Kisumu Counties. The main purpose of the project is to control floods along river Nyando. It will also supply 72,000m3/day of water for domestic use, irrigation of 2,570 Hectares of land and generation of 2.5MW of hydropower. The dam is proposed to be a zoned rockfill dam with an impermeable clay core. It will have water storage capacity of 93.7Million cubic metres. This project is funded by the Government of Kenya. The dam embankment will be constructed across Koitatui and Got Alila Hills. The water treatment works are located about 1km to the downstream of the dam wall from where water will flow by gravity to low lying areas mainly on Kisumu side while water to serve Kericho side will be pumped to main storage tank at Kwa Nyangilo from where water will be served to various points on the targeted areas. The project will supplypotable water to meet water deficit in areas of Kisumu and Kericho counties such as Kisumu City and neighboring areas of  Awasi, Chemelil, Ahero. Koitaburot, Chepsengeny, Kaplelach, Pala, Nyaidho, Kapkisai and Simbi. Other areas to be supplied with clean water include Kabore, Kapkormom, Kejiriet, Kaptalamwa, kipsitet, Nyaberi, Kapasenwo, Baregeiywet, Kaitui, Kiptugumo, Sombicho ang parts of Sokohuru. The dam will also supply water for irrigation to ensure food security on lower areas of Awasi and Ahero. For Kericho side water will be pumped to a tank located at Kwa Nyangilo from where water will flow by gravity to most of the areas except some few supply areas where supply boosting will be required. These areas are upstream areas of Soin/Soliat wards. Project Components Embankment crest length 1354m Reservoir Storage capacity 93.7MCM Dam Embankment 54m Water treatment plant 72,000m3/day Hydropower Generation 2.5MW The CS was accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Water led by the Ag. Irrigation Secretary Eng. Vincent Kabuti, officials from National Irrigation Authority, Lake Victoria South Agency, the Public Administration and the Community. By Joyce Jepkemboi, Water CS. Zachariah Njeru accompanied by PS. Irrigation CPA Kimotho & NWHSA’s Ag. CEO Eng. Muhia at the Soin-Koru Dam site [...] Read more...
February 14, 2024The Principal Secretary State Department for Irrigation, CPA Ephantus Kimotho CBS visited the proposed Isiolo Dam together with Isiolo County Governor H.E Abdi Ibrahim Hassan and NWHSA’s Ag. Chief Executive Officer Eng. John Muhia on 1st February 2024. They were accompanied by officials from of the Ministry, NWHSA, and other Isiolo County leaders. The PS later addressed adjacent communities explaining the importance of the proposed dam and encouraged them to offer support at various stages of the project for their benefit and that of the surrounding counties. The next critical steps of the project are the submission of the Privately Initiated Proposal under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework by a private party who has expressed interest and updating detailed technical studies, including the ESIA. The proposed Isiolo dam project is a vision 2030 flagship project proposed in the National Water Master Plan. National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority (NWHSA) through CAS Consultants Ltd carried out Feasibility Study, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, Preliminary and Final Design of the dam. The proposed dam is to be located at Crocodile Jaws site approximately 18km from Oldonyiro shopping centre and on the border of Isiolo and Laikipia Counties. The proposed dam is intended to supply water to Isiolo town, the proposed Isiolo resort city and rural areas of Isiolo, Laikipia and Samburu counties. The proposed Isiolo dam has a 214 million cubic meters storage capacity and is set to serve a population of about 304,727 people in the initial year 2020, 716,471 people in the future year 2030 and 1,340,311 in the ultimate year 2040. The projected water demand is 7,894m3/day for the initial year 2020, 18,957m3/day in the future year 2030 and 53,703m3/day in the ultimate year 2040. The dam is a game changer in supporting food security with continuous cropping and livestock value chains in the wake of climate change. The project will also improve climate resilience and improve the livelihoods of the people of Isiolo, Samburu and Laikipia counties. Irrigation PS Kimotho with officials and the community at Isiolo Dam [...] Read more...
October 25, 2023As the agency mandated to develop water infrastructure and flood control, we are in the forefront in implementing the Presidential Directive on National Tree Growing and Restoration Campaign of growing 15 billion trees by 2032. This will increase the tree cover from the current 12% to 30% by 2032. We have participated in various tree growing initiatives across the country in collaboration with other stakeholders and our key partners, the Resources Oriented Development Initiatives (RODI) Kenya and Kenya Forest Service, (KFS). Key among these events is the Kiserian Dam tree growing where we target to plant 6,000 trees along the water catchment area of the Dam, in an exercise that will be done in phases. The dam was constructed by the Authority in the year 2008 and started operations in 2013. However, the water level at the dam has gone down due to siltation and reduced rainfall in the area due to climate change. The Kajiado West Assistant County Commissioner Ms. Adrine Muia urged the community to take care of the trees to ensure they grow to their fullest adding that the local administration will work with all stakeholders to ensure this is achieved. She was representing Kajiado County Commissioner. Dr. Regei Salau, the Managing Director of Oloolaiser Water & Sewerage Company expressed his gratitude for the initiative that will help the company to ensure sustainable supply of water to Ongata Rongai and Kiserian townships. He noted that the dam has silted over the year hence its capacity of reduced. However, with the tree growing initiative and disilting, the dam’s capacity and lifespan will increase. RODI Kenya Executive Director Ms. Esther Bett said they were glad to partner with the Authority in this initiative and Kiserian Dam is one among the many sites identified for tree growing. She emphasized that the aim is to grow the trees and ensure 100% survival rate. RODI Kenya will empower the community through sensitization on how put back carbon through tree growing and restore the wetlands in the process. Kajiado County Forest Conservator Mr. Phineas Rewa thanked all those who participated in the exercise noting that the area along Kiserian Dam was full of trees a few years ago but due to deforestation, the weather has changed with very high temperatures, a trend that can be reversed through tree growing. Mr. Rewa gave the assurance of KFS’s commitment in supporting the initiative. He urged all stakeholders to always consult the local forest technical officer for guidance on the right species to grow in different areas and any other technical advice on trees. He was speaking on behalf of the KFS Chief Conservator of forests, Alex Lemarkoko. The Authority’s Chairman Mr. Symon Maina pointed out that as the agency mandated to develop water infrastructure and flood control, we are in the forefront in implementing the Presidential National Tree Growing and Restoration Campaign of growing 15 billion trees by 2032. “It is in our interest to ensure the water catchment areas are protected so that the water in our reservoirs remain clean and retain their capacity in a sustainable manner.” Mr. Maina. The Authority’s Ag. Chief Executive Officer Eng. John K. Muhia thanked all our stakeholders for their support. These are RODI Kenya, KFS, the Government Administration, Oloolaiser Water & Sewerage Company, National Irrigation Authority, the Water Resource Users Association and the Community of Kiserian Dam. [...] Read more...
October 23, 2023Customer Service Week is an annual event celebrated to recognize and appreciate the contributions of customer service professionals. The event was first established by the International Customer Service Association (ICSA) in the US in 1984. It began as a one-day event and later expanded into a week-long celebration. This year’s theme across the world was Team Service. The emphasis was on team work. A reminder that each employee no matter the cadre contribute to the bottom line in every organization. When all members of a team participate in discharging the mandate of an organization, there is a sense of pride and ownership by each team member and this increases staff morale and motivation. In Kenya, the theme focused on CX (Customer Experience) Agility. Which means the “a business’ ability to move fast, adapt to tactics quickly and respond to evolving customer needs and market conditions.” Institute of Customer Experience. There has been debate on whether corporates and organizations both public and private put so much emphasis on the customer at the expense of the service providers/employees. Regardless of which one has more weight, the two are important and play a critical role in the success of any organization. Employees ensure the customer is always satisfied in many ways e.g. timely service delivery, response to inquiries, access to information, resolution of complaints and most importantly, listening and taking in feedback from the customers. In this digital era, customer needs are dynamic and keep evolving thus the need for agility by the organization. Government institutions like ours are not left behind while giving services to the “mwananchi.” We are called to embrace servant leadership, where leaders and anyone in an authority of influence and decision-making prioritize serving the greater good. Leaders with this style serve their team and organization first. They don’t prioritize their own objectives. This year’s theme reminded us that without team work, we cannot satisfy the customer. Strong teams produce good customer service, assure consistency of communication with the customer and build trust and mutual relationships. Customer service week [...] Read more...
September 8, 2023Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has underscored the need for collective efforts to find viable solutions amidst escalating challenges stemming climate change. He noted that deforestation, pollution and encroachment of water catchment areas are the main activities that negate efforts to combat effects of climate change. The Prime CS said that water and sanitation are at the core of sustainable development, adding that the range of services they provide underpin economic growth and environmental sustainability. “However, in recent decades, deforestation, pollution, and climate change have led to severe water stress not only in Kenya but across the world. Kenya is a water stressed country; a considerable size of the population still lack access to safely managed drinking water and sanitation” he added. While stating that Kenya faces water scarcity and disruptions to water and sanitation services due to droughts and floods, the Prime CS commended WASCA’s tree planting initiative, which unites all water agencies and companies in Kenya in an effort to plant one million trees within the next five years. He appreciated the pivotal role that forests and trees play in regulating temperatures, conserving biodiversity and aiding climate change mitigation, emphasizing the government’s commitment in managing water resources across the country. Hon. Mudavadi urged counties to ensure water agencies and companies were run professionally without corruption even as the government remains committed in transforming the way it manages its water resources. The CS said this when officially opening the 12th edition of Water Companies Sports Association (WASCA) games at William ole Ntimama Stadium in Narok County themed “Combating Climate Change Crisis through Sports.” On her part, the Cabinet Secretary for Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Hon. Alice Wahome said the climate change phenomenon and its effects especially the emergence of severe cycles of droughts, floods and desertification, are increasingly impacting and critically reducing the country’s renewable freshwater resources. “Kenya is listed as one of the water scarce countries, and to address this situation, the Government is implementing programmes such as construction of dams aimed at increasing access to water and sanitation to all as enshrined in the Constitution, and also as part of the mandate of the Ministry,” said Wahome. She added that her ministry is alert to the challenges of diminishing water resources and an ever-growing national population that increases the demand for water. The CS also noted that the Water Act, 2002 brought about separation of policy making, water services, water resources management, and regulation functions. “This has led to decentralization of functions, clear institutional framework, increased investment and greater stakeholder participation. The Water Act, 2016 has enhanced water sector reforms through creation of new sector institutions for better service delivery,” she added. Hon. Wahome said the government will continue to implement policy, governance and legal interventions to increase water storage and improve sanitation in the country. Hon. Ntutu said the water agencies and companies play a critical role in mitigating the climate change and impact directly in water availability and quality. “As guardian of water sources and distributing of system, we must promote sustainable water management, invest in green infrastructure, incorporate climate concern and support the local communities collectively to mitigate these global issues,” he said. As an institution, National Water Harvesting & Storage Authority is proud to have been part of the just concluded WASCA games where our staff participated in a number of disciplines such as darts, squash, pool, draught, chess and scrabble. Through these games, we were able to foster national cohesion and integration, our officers were able to benchmark and learn from others on best practices to enhance service delivery in the water sector. During the function, the Prime CS was accompanied by Water Cabinet Secretary Alice Wahome, the host Governor Patrick Ntutu and many dignitaries from across the water sector in the country. By Wilfred Munyiri Principal Corporate Communication Officer, 7th September, 2023 Prime CS.  Hon. Musalia Mudavadi at Ole Ntimama Stadium in Narok County where he inaugurated the 12th WASCO Games.  [...] Read more...
September 4, 2023Mr. Symon K. Maina, is the new Chairman of the Authority having been appointed by H.E. The President through Gazette Notice No. 7692 of June 16, 2023. Speaking during the inaugural meeting of the Board of Directors and staff recently, the Chairman outlined four key areas for the Authority’s success. These are; Professionalism Mr. Maina reiterated that all staff should uphold professionalism in all they do so as to enhance service delivery and customer satisfaction. He added that this is a powerful quality as it allows one to fulfil their role in their best ability while inspiring others especially those below them. Professionalism involves consistently achieving high standards at work and one’s behavior hence, it helps one to feel a deep sense of satisfaction and self-worth. Emotional Intelligence is one of the key pillars of professionalism where one needs to understand the environment in which he/she is operating in and come up with strategies for managing emotions. It is the ability to manage both your own emotions and understand the emotions of people around you. The five key elements to Emotional Intelligence are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. Time management Time management affects performance and productivity at work as it improves employee efficiency, help to meet deadlines, and produce better quality work. It is therefore key in achieving the goals of an organization. With better time management, one is able to get the job done in a timely manner, respond to the needs of stakeholders promptly, submit reports in time and maximize productivity. The Chairman added that we need to avoid procrastination and work smart so as to meet deadlines and work on areas of improvement with an aim of improving performance and productivity.  “Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.” Miles Davis: Ownership On ownership, the Chairman asked staff to have a sense of accountability, duty, and commitment toward their tasks and projects adding that a culture of ownership means that staff feel responsible and empowered to make decisions and take actions that contribute towards their own goals and values. It is about having a sense of belonging, commitment, and pride in your work and your organization. One has to look beyond selfish interests and care about the impact of one’s actions, and the satisfaction of the institution’s customers. A culture of ownership at workplace will strengthen competitive advantage and reputation by fostering excellence, innovation and responsibility. Transformational leadership According to James Burns, transforming leadership is a process in which “leaders and followers help each other to advance to a higher level of morale and motivation,” thus creating a significant change in society. The Chairman challenged staff to bring change in their individual capacities adding that everyone is a Chief Executive Officer in their area of work and should do their best to contribute to the overall goals of the Authority. Symon K. Maina Chairman 1 [...] Read more...
August 29, 2023H.E The President Dr. William Samoei Ruto C.G.H launched the National Tree Growing and Restoration Campaign in 2022 with a target of growing 15 billion trees by 2032. This will increase the tree cover from the current 12% to 30% by 2032.Tree growing plays a critical role in curbing effects of climate change by reducing greenhouse emissions, stopping and reversing deforestation, The Authority joined in the tree growing at Kirandich Dam catchment area on 18th August, 2023 ahead of the Kirdam half Marathon that was held in Kabarnet, Baringo County on 19th August, 2023, whose theme was “Athletics against climate change, an effort to raise awareness of the climate change menace.” The Cabinet Secretary Ministry Co-operatives and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Mr. Simon Chelugui who was the chief guest at the event urged the community to take personal initiative in environment conservation by ensuring they take care of trees planted so that they grow and help in curbing effects of climate change. Baringo County Governor H.E Benjamin Cheboi, said the race helped to search and identify talent, promote local tourism, and create family-fun day for residents and sports enthusiasts. He called for the need to enhance awareness about climate change adding the region’s tourist potential will be enhanced through the road-race by promoting the unique, exotic terrain that has produced some of the leading Kenyan athletes. Ag. Chief Executive Officer, Eng. John Muhia noted that the dam has not filled up to capacity in a long time due to less rainfall experienced in the area hence, planting and growing trees will not only attract more rain but will also ensure the water in the dam is clean. Kenya Forest Service Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Alex Lemarkoko commended the community for their conservation efforts and urged them to keep up the good work noting that the county is home to a wide variety of indigenous trees. The 2023 edition of the Kirdam Half Marathon and Road Race featured 21km, 10km and 6km, with prices awarded to the top ten athletes in both men and women categories. The Authority’s team run the corporate race and was awarded a certificate for participation. The aim of the event was to to expand efforts to mitigate climate change effects by planting over 50,000 trees and distributing water tanks to deserving households and schools in Baringo Central Constituency. Kirdam Half Marathon will use the proceeds of the race to support environmental conservation initiatives in the local community and the wider Baringo County. Some of these activities are tree growing along the Kirandich Dam Water catchment area, rainwater harvesting and storage at household and institutional level, promoting healthy living through sports and enhancing awareness on climate change.  As one of the key sponsors of the event, we gave water storage tanks and tree seedlings. Other sponsors of the event were the Kenya Forest Service, Royal Media Services, WaterFund, NETFUND, Athletics Kenya, Retirement Benefits Authority and Kenya Ports Authority. Also present at the event were the Kirdam Marathon Patron who is also the Baringo Central MP Hon. Joshua Kandie, Government Administration led by Baringo County Commissioner Mr. Stephen Sangolo, Marathon’s Chairman Isaiah Cherutich and a German delegation led by the Mayor of Gersthofen Mr. Michael Woerle. The Authority, which was then operating as National Water Conservation & Pipeline Corporation, constructed Kirandich dam which was commissioned in 2001. The dam has a capacity of 14 Million m3  serving Kabarnet town and the neighbouring villages of Kituro, Kapsoo and Kabartonjo. 0J3A6827 [...] Read more...
August 14, 2023The Authority’s Board of Directors were appointed through a Gazette Notice No. 7692 dated 16th June, 2023. The role of the Board of Directors is to provide strategic direction to the organization, exercise control and remain accountable to stakeholders. They also determine the organization’s Mission, Vision, Purpose and Core Values, set, oversee the overall strategy and approve significant policies of the organization. The Board is guided by the Code of Governance for State Corporations commonly known as the Mwongozo, which was developed by the Public Service Commission (PSC) in conjunction with the State Committee Advisory Committee (SCAC) Further, Article 10 of the Constitution entrenches national values and principles of governance that bind all State organs, State officers, public officers and all persons. These are:  (a) Patriotism, national unity, sharing and devolution of power, the rule of law, democracy and participation of the people; (b) Human dignity, equity, social justice, inclusiveness, equality, human rights, non-discrimination and protection of the marginalized; (c) Good governance, integrity, transparency and accountability; and (d) Sustainable development. According to Mwongozo, Corporate Governance provides the framework for achieving the objectives of the organization, and creates benchmarks for the measurement of corporate performance and disclosure.  They also ensure that the strategy is aligned with the purpose of the organization, legitimate interests and expectations of its stakeholders and the long term goals of the organization on sustainability. Other roles of the Board as outlined in the Mwongozo include: Approve the organizational structure. Approve the annual budget of the organization. Monitor the organization’s performance and ensure sustainability. Enhance the corporate image of the organization. Ensure availability of adequate resources for the achievement of the organization’s objectives. Ensure effective communication with stakeholders. The Mandate of National Water Harvesting & Storage Authority is to undertake on behalf of the National Government, the development, management, and maintenance of national public water works for water resources storage and flood control. It is therefore the responsibility of the Board of Directors to provide the required leadership in designing suitable plans and strategies that will contribute to high and sustainable socio-economic development. The Board ensures that the Authority has a credible Strategic Plan and Performance Contract that will deliver the desired goals and support the achievement of the agreed performance targets. NWHSA’s Board of Directors: Symon Kimaru Maina                      Chairman of the Board Rodgers K. Chepkwony’                   Director Amina Shaban Mohammed           Director Simon Ngugi Mwihaki                       Director Bernard Kipseng’eret Koros            Director David Yatich Kipkemei;  Member, representing the PS, Ministry of         Water, Sanitation and Irrigation; State Department for Irrigation  Cyrus Murithi Mbogo                 Member, representing the PS, Ministry of Lands & Physical Planning Abraham Koech                      Member, representing the PS,  The                      National Treasury Chrisologus Makokha                Representative; Inspectorate of State       John K. Muhia                              Ag. Chief Executive Officer and Secretary             to the Board  [...] Read more...
August 1, 2023The Principal Secretary, State Department for Irrigation Mr. Ephantus Kimotho took a familiarization tour of National Water Harvesting & Storage Authority (NWHSA) today. The PS met with management and staff where he emphasized the need to work as a team in the state department while focusing on one goal of achieving food security through irrigation. The PS said there is need to do more research on how to mitigate the effects of climate change through flood control and drought mitigation. He added that the Authority should ensure the design and planning of new projects incorporates micro irrigation programs which can serve communities and institutions such as schools. Micro irrigation is a modern method of irrigation which uses low pressure and delivers water slowly to the farm or canals hence farmers use less water and the water is directed to the root zone of the crops. The system is gaining popularity due to its low cost and water-efficiency. Examples of micro irrigation systems include drip, sprinkler, spray, subsurface and bubbler irrigation. Mr. David Yatich, Secretary Administration and Director Representing the PS in the Authority’s Board urged staff and management to work as a team so as to implement the Authority’s mandate effectively. He added that implementation of projects should be done as per the Executive Order number one of 2023 on re-organization of government where the Authority is domiciled under the State Department for Irrigation. The PS was accompanied by the Secretary Administration who is also the Director Representing the PS in the Authority’ Board Mr. David Yatich, Director Irrigation Eng. Bernard Onyango, Deputy Director Planning Mr. Daniel Odero and PA to the PS Mr. Stephen Nyaga. The Authority’s Ag. Chief Executive Officer Eng. John Muhia welcomed the PS and his team where he briefed them on the Authority’s Mandate, projects, Strategic pillars and objectives, challenges and way forward. Eng. Muhia pointed out that the Authority has great potential through skilled Human Resource hence, he asked the Ministry to support it through increased budget to ensure timely completion of projects. The Authority’s Strategic objectives include to increase water storage in the country by 148.6 million cubic meters by the year 2026 and enhance sustainability of constructed water structures through operations and maintenance.  [...] Read more...
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