Challenges in the water sector of Kenya

The following are the challenges in water sector Kenya;

  • The country still faces considerable challenges in reaching the water and sanitation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
  • 13 million Kenyans lack access to improved water supply and 19 million lack access to improved sanitation.
  • Water shortages are experienced by users across the country that is Kenya is plagued with chronic cycles of flooding and drought that are increasing in frequency and severity
  • The sector still needs more resources
  • Inadequate communication and information management systems within the sector
  • An extremely limited annual renewable fresh water resource per capita
  • A rapidly growing demand for water for multi-sectoral uses and diminution of natural storage capacity and lack of development of artificial storage capacity to meet demand
  • Sharing of over half of rivers, lakes and aquifers with neighbouring countries that complicates management of these water resources with implications for regional security and development
  • Floods have led to disasters particularly in low-lying areas in Kenya