Rift Valley Water Supply & Sanitation

Project Summary

Approval Date 07 Jul 2004
Signature Date 06 Sep 2004
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2011
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2011
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Commitment U.A 16,541,429.36
Status Completion

Project General Description

Nakuru, Kenya's fourth largest city is a major industrial and tourist centre. However, water supply problems have impacted negatively on the livelihoods of the residents resulting in scaling down and relocation of some industries. The GoK thus requested the Bank Group to fund a feasibility study for a medium term project for water supply and sanitation and a prefeasibility study for long term interventions. The mid-term project was approved in July 2004 and seeks to improve water supply and sanitation services in urban, peri urban and rural communities under the Rift Valley Water Services Board's jurisdiction.

Project Objectives

GOK’s goal for the water supply and sanitation sector is to improve the social well being of the populace, enhance the performance of the national economy and ensure equitable provision of adequate quantity and quality of water and sanitation services to all competing user groups at affordable cost on a sustainable basis. The project objective is to improve water supply and sanitation services in urban, peri-urban and rural communities within the service area of the Rift Valley Water Services Board (RVWSB). The project comprises (a) institutional support to RVWSB and NAWASSCO to build their capacities for carrying out their respective roles under the Water Act (2002); (ii) rehabilitation of the existing urban water and sanitation facilities in Nakuru to reduce the high levels of Unaccounted-for-Water, currently estimated at 70%, augment capacity through development of new source works, and extend services to the unserved peri-urban areas; (iii) address the needs of secondary towns under the RVWSB by studying feasible management options for the water schemes currently operated by National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation and the Department for Water Development, and facilitate the transfer of these services to the RVWSB and its contracted Water Services Providers in accordance with the Water Act; determine their short and medium term investment needs and implement the short-term investment program; (iv) determine the rural water supply and sanitation needs of the region and develop a programme based on the demand responsive approach.


The project area covers the Rift Valley Water Services Board service area, which constitutes 7 of 19 districts in the Rift Valley province. The Province has a population of about 7 million and stretches from the north-western tip to the south west of the country. The service area of the RVWSB has a population of about 2.88 million inhabitants (1999 Census), 22% or 643,122 live in urban areas and 78% in rural.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Kenya
Ministry of Water Development


IATI identifier 46002-P-KE-E00-002
Last Update 24 Oct 2020


Contact Details

Name CHANDA Osward Mulenga
Email o.chanda@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Kenya