Kenya - Towns Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Program

Project Summary

Approval Date 09 Nov 2016
Signature Date 09 Jan 2017
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 293,275,255.99
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed program has been designed to support the projects and programs funded by other donors and the GoK, focusing mainly on the water supply and sanitation sub-sector in urban areas, through various interventions related to components or cities not taken into account by other development partners. This program intends to pursue these partnerships and provide support to the Kenyan Government in its action to cope with the new challenges linked to urban planning and the sanitation sector’s reforms. The program will be implemented in 28 cities, and will consist of large or small sub-projects throughout Kenya. Specifically, it will contribute to the development of water supply infrastructure in 19 towns, and sanitation infrastructure in 17 towns (where reliable water supply services are already provided and will be supported under the proposed program). To achieve this objective, the program comprises: i) the construction and repair of water supply and sanitation equipment (including the network extension to the informal neighborhoods) to improve the quality of water supply and sanitation services ; and (ii) the improvement of water supply service providers and the sector’s regulatory authority’s capacities in order to increase the concerned services’ efficiency, and create new employment opportunities for women and young people. The project has been planned to last 54 months from January 2017.

Project Objectives

The major aim of the project is to improve water supply services access, quality, availability and sustainability, and wastewater management in Kenyan cities, in order to boost commercial activities, stimulate economic growth and job creation, improve the populations' quality of life, and strengthen resilience to fluctuations and climate change. In more specifics, the project will: (a) improve the reliability of water services and sanitation; (b) raise the overall level of public health in the beneficiary cities thanks to more reliable water supply and sanitation services; (c) strengthen the water service providers' operational and maintenance capacity; and (d) improve the business environment for businesses dependent on water and sanitation services.


The main beneficiaries will include eight water services boards, over 15 water service providers (WSBs), and the population living in beneficiary towns, who will benefit from an improved access to sustainable and more reliable water supply and sanitation services. The population will benefit from indirect advantages thanks to the support’s broad scope to the Services Regulatory board and Water Resources Management Authority, which in return should improve the quality of water services. At the end of these actions, more than 2.1 million persons will have access to reliable and sustainable water supply services, and more than 1.3 million persons will be connected to underground sewerage systems.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
African Development Fund
Middle Income Countries Fund
Government Of Kenya
Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MoWI)


IATI identifier 46002-P-KE-E00-011
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name KILONGI Muthoni Emily

Geographic Location

Country Kenya
Coordinates Location Name
3.5 40.75 Mandera District
3 37.5 Marsabit District
0.516667 35.2833 Eldoret