Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) conducted a two-day tour of the Ndakaini and Sasumua dams in the Upper Tana Catchment on July 24 and July 25, 2018 respectively.
As part of its mandate, through a sub-award contract agreement with the Nature Conservancy (TNC) signed in April 2017, WARREC is implementing a project themed the Upper Tana Nairobi (UTNWAF)-JKUAT component project with the objective of carrying out biophysical data analysis as part of research inputs, knowledge management and the institutional capacity development.
The project also awarded 15 post graduate scholarships to JKUAT Master of Science students who will carry out research on the dams and their environs.
WARREC Director Prof. Bancy Mati, underscored the significance of the project not only to the beneficiaries and its contribution to the research; but also to the small holder farmers in the region through robust knowledge management and learning systems.
“The smallholder farmers in this region through our guidance can be able to easily access farm ponds upon their request in their farms with only a small percentage of the cost. This water fund supports the smallholder farmers to store water in the rainy seasons for use in the dry spells,” said Prof. Mati
Mr. Job Kihamba who is a civil engineer at Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company based in Ndakaini office also underscored the importance of the project in reducing the challenge of water supply through Upper Tana Catchment.
“Ndakaini dam provides 85% of the water supply in Nairobi while Sasumua provides 11% but with the growing city population, this will prove a challenge. The telemetric equipments installed at the six sites will lessen the burden with the biophysical data received from them on the amount of water in our water input sources of the dam,” said Mr. Kihamba
Also present on the tour was Ms. Faith Mbathi, Water Service Officer, representing Water Resource Authority (WRA).