Kenya faces a growing challenge of providing its human population with adequate clean water and sanitation services not only for household consumption, but also for agriculture and broader economic growth. A key focus of the project is building the capacity of county governments, institutions and communities to incorporate climate change, gender, and water safety to expand source water protection and improve sanitation.

At the local level, the project works with Water Resource Users Associations (WRUAs) to increase technical and organizational capacity to manage the complex challenges facing their watersheds.

Critically, NEWAS targets community springs for protection followed by conservation within the spring users’ buffer radius. This helps improve the quality and quantity of water from these sources and hence increase access to potable water mostly by rural communities. In addition, environmental sensitization is done among beneficiary communities on environmental hygiene and use of springs, soil and water conservation on farmlands around the springs.

Specific activities:

  • Increase the protection of watersheds/towers and strengthen resilience to the impacts of climate change
  • Increase skills to advocate for communities around water protection and sanitation.
  • Increase climate change resiliency in drinking water source planning, development, and design of systems/services