Feasibility Study of Water Sources in Kajiado County, Kenya

Abstract: The study sought to examine the feasibility of establishment of water sources in Kajiado west constituency. The study adopted a survey research design. The sample size of the study included ninety (n=90) household representatives who had been trained by Nasaru Women Group Organization from the three wards and one (1) key informant, out of whom forty nine (49) responded. Simple random sampling procedure was used to arrive at the sample of household representatives. Purposive sampling procedure on the other hand was used to select the key informant based on the her role in climate change adaptation program and knowledge about water issues in the community. Quantitative data collected using questionnaire method was processed with the help of the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS ver. 21). Qualitative data collected through interview method was analyzed using content analysis approach. From the study findings, the study showed that there were justifiable reasons for establishment of water points in Kajiado West Constituency which included: long dry spells, inadequate water for human and animal consumption, limited number of water points, large number of animals in the area that need much water and the increasing micro-level farming in the area. The study found that water sources (water pans and boreholes) in Kajiado West are scattered in vast areas of Iloodokilani ward, Magadi and Keekonyie wards.  The study further found that there are a couple of challenges that were likely to hinder implementation of water project in Kajiado West Constituency which included prolonged droughts, poor land topography and sustainability issues. Based on the findings, the study recommends that boreholes and water pans could be established in areas with good topography and with population density of interest in a few critical areas located within Iloodokilani ward, Magadi and Keekonyie wards. Community participation in the management of the water points should also be enhanced in order to cultivate a sense of ownership and therefore, the sustainability of the water sources.

Organizaton: Nasaru CBO
Date: February 17, 2017
Principal Investigator: Anthony M. Wanjohi

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