How to do water harvesting using underground tanks

How to do water harvesting using underground tanks

Ground catchment is a broad term that describes all types of ground surfaces that serve as source of surface runoff used in water harvesting. These can range from open land surfaces whether paved or unpaved, including rocky areas, roads, home compounds, pasture lands, forests and other open areas. The sizes could vary from a few square metres for micro ground catchments to extensive land areas and whole watersheds used for large storages such as dams. Most ground surfaces are covered by soil, thus, water harvesting is hampered by losses due to infiltration, soil moisture storage,… Continue reading →

Improve your communication skills

Presentation is a potentially effective method of communication, especially to groups given restricted contact time, often just a few minutes. It is one of the managerial skills which a manager must acquire. Presentation has the power to influence perceptions, empathy and understanding, thereby achieving collective decision making much more effectively. In project management, presentations are used as a formal method for bringing people together to plan, monitor, review progress, evaluate outcomes and share knowledge. A presentation puts one on display. It gives the presenter a chance to put across their ideas to a group, while… Continue reading →

HOW TO DO ROOF WATER HARVESTING WITH ABOVE GROUND TANK – Training Notes by Prof. Bancy

A roof becomes a catchment when it is used for harvesting rainwater. Then it can be called a “Roof catchment”. Roofs are the most common types of catchment used for harvesting rainfall. Rainwater harvesting from impervious roof made of corrugated iron sheets corrugated plastic and clay tiles is a popular method for providing portable water directly from rainfall. The system provides water at home, is affordable, easy to practice regardless of physical or climatic conditions and can be designed to suit different conditions (available finances, roof area, family size, rainfall or roof area).   In… Continue reading →

WARREC partners with NCWSC to launch the first ever Bathymetric boat to assess sedimentation in Ruiru Dam

The Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) in partnership with Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) has started the implementation of a reservoir sedimentation research in the Ruiru reservoir. The project entitled ‘Quantifying sedimentation rates and potential sources in Ruiru dam using Vibro-coring and field assessment techniques’ was launched on July 13th 2015, at the Ruiru dam site. “I am pleased that today’s project launch, is putting into action, a project that has been planned with consultations between JKUAT and the NCWSC. This project is the first to make use of the state-of-the-art Bathymetric… Continue reading →

UNIT LEADERS IN MWEA IRRIGATION SCHEME TRAINED ON SRI

UNIT LEADERS IN MWEA IRRIGATION SCHEME TRAINED ON SRI

JKUAT through the Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) in Collaboration with NIB and AICAD on 13th May 2015 offered one-day training on SRI to all the unit Leaders in Mwea irrigation scheme. This training was aimed at equipping the leaders with hands-on experience on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) so as to enable them drive the technology to greater heights. WARREC in collaboration with NIB and AICAD is implementing two SRI projects in the scheme so as to enhance rice production and improve on marketability. One of this projects   is entitled; “Enhancing Adoption… Continue reading →

WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION MoU SIGNED

WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION MoU SIGNED

WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION MoU SIGNED Ministry of Environmental Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, University of Nairobi and Kenya Rainwater Association (KRA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster cooperation on Water and Environmental issues. This function was held at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Headquarters, Maji house Nairobi on 20th March 2015 This is a quadripartite MoU whose objective is to upscale research, training, innovation, science and technology transfer in the Water and Environmental sector in Kenya and any other areas of mutual… Continue reading →

Center Represents the University in the Restoration of Athi River

Center Represents the University in the Restoration of Athi River

In order to reverse the worrisome declining trend in the quality of the waters of Athi River, WRMA with its stakeholders has launched a special program dubbed “ Athi River restoration Program” under the theme “ A clean Athi River: My Responsibility” ( Kiswahili: Usafi wa Mto Athi: Uhai Wangu, Jukumu Langu). JKUAT took part in this initiative and was represented by the Director Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) Prof. Bancy Mati.     The program with the goal to protect water resources from diverse impacts in collaboration with stakeholders for sustainable development was… Continue reading →

SRI Rice Marketing Project Launched

SRI Rice Marketing Project Launched

After a lull in activities around SRI (Systems of Rice Intensification), two new SRI projects were launched recently in Mwea with support of NIB and AICAD respectively. Both are implemented as a collaboration between WARREC-JKUAT and MIAD-NIB. The AICAD (African Institute for Capacity and Development) supported project involves applied research, comprising within it two-sub-projects; (i) Scientific evaluation of labour demands under SRI, and (ii) Scientific assessment of impacts of SRI on weeds. Both sub-projects also include economic assessments/implications on SRI. The SRI Marketing Project is funded by NIB (National Irrigation Board), having commenced in April… Continue reading →

How You Can Prevent Occurrence of Waterlogging in Agricultural Lands: Training Notes by Prof. Bancy Mati

How You Can Prevent Occurrence of Waterlogging in Agricultural Lands:  Training Notes by Prof. Bancy Mati

Last week we saw the causes of waterlogging particularly in agricultural fields, the factors associated with the phenomenon and the effects. This week we look at some simple water management interventions you can use to prevent or at least reduce the occurrence of waterlogging. Here’s how. Click here You can prevent occurrence of waterlogging in agricultural lands

Center Receives phase one funding from AICAD to implement SRI Project

Center Receives phase one  funding from AICAD to implement SRI Project

The Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) has received Kshs. 1.056Million from AICAD to implement SRI Project entitled ‘Identifying solutions to Key Challenges Facing Adoption of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Kenya’. This is phase one  of the project funding which is to be implemented in three (3) years at a total budget of US$60,000.     The purpose of this project is to improve rice production through adoption of SRI by small-scale rice farmers.