The Government will spend 2 billion shillings in the implementation of the National Water Harvesting and Storage Programme in arid and semi-arid areas.
Water and Irrigation PS Zainabu Hussein says the countrywide initiative will involve sinking of boreholes, water pans and small dams so as to increase water availability for both domestic use and small scale irrigation.
The project aims at achieving Sustainable Development Goals, end poverty, as well as ensure provision of clean water and sanitation.
The government says the funds have been set aside to implement the National Water Harvesting and Storage Programme in arid and semi-arid areas in order to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.
Speaking while commissioning the Kwa Katiwa earth dam in Kangundo, Machakos County, Principal Secretary Zainabu Hussein said beneficiary communities will also be provided with green houses to facilitate small-scale agricultural activities.
The government is keen on reducing the amount of time women spend in search of water, so as to allow them contribute to wealth generation and better livelihoods for their families as well as in driving the economy.
The water pans and small dams will positively influence the micro climates of the areas they are located in so as to reduce the effects of desertification and climate change.