Despite large investments in water development and the decentralisation of water service delivery, Wajir County residents continue to face problems of water scarcity.
In the last five years, national and county government have drilled almost 200 hundred boreholes across the county, yet many lack effective management, and suffer frequent breakdowns and long repair times. Some are not functional within two years of establishment, questioning the sustainability of these investments. This is leading to low water availability for people and livestock, particularly in the dry season, threatening their livelihoods and weakening their resilience.
This brief explores the governance challenges at the heart of this problem and gives a number of recommendations to improve water governance and management in Wajir County.