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10th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
"Rainwater International 2001"
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001

Section 5: Legal and Political Aspects of Rainwater Harvesting

Paper 5.13

Rainwater Harvesting Possibilities and Challenges in Kenya

Julius M. Wanyonyi
Kenya Rainwater Association (KRA)
P.O.Box 72387
Nairobi
Kenya
email: kra@africaonline.co.ke

Abstract

This paper examines the possibilities and challenges of rainwater harvesting in both rural and urban areas of Kenya. The problems of water shortage in urban areas and the high costs of developing new surface water sources, the scarcity and poor quality of ground water supplies in arid and semiarid lands (ASALs) and the unmanageable operation and maintenance costs of large piped water supplies are alarming. Therefore the willingness of the people, particularly in arid and semiarid areas, to embrace low cost initiatives like rainwater harvesting is but a challenge in itself. The solutions suggested emanate from the grassroots community projects that are organisation members of the Kenya Rainwater Association, the author's experiences in water sector as an engineer and recommendations from household rainwater harvesting workshops.

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