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WF has been working with
WRMA and other stakeholders
in various water conservation
efforts including those found in theUpper
EwasoNyiroCatchmentArea. One of the
challenges to water resource regulation
and management is the rampant illegal
water use within the basin. Last month,
LWF and WRMA engaged Laikipia
County Government in addressing this
Ameeting at WRMARumuruti office
betweenWRMA, LWF, PesiWRUA and
Laikipia County Government office of
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, on
November 2015, was held to discuss
the fate of rehabilitated Thome Canal
that was constructed without WRMA
approvalsanddidnot qualify for apermit.
This project has created a tangible risk
LWF lobbies forenforcementof Regulatory
Policiesprotecting theenvironment
P.O. Box 764, Nanyuki
Tel: +254 -20 2466626
Mobile: 0726 500260
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MeetingheldatWRMARumuruti office
toaddressPesi riverobstructionby
LWF,WRMA&officials fromLaikipia
to the environment, economy and social
well beingof thedownstreamcommunity.
This is because of the current design of
theweir that diverts all the streamflow to
an irrigation canal.
Important questions to ask;
How do
How do we decide who has priority
over the water resources? Should
commercial use of water have priority
over domestic water? How do we ensure
domestic use of water does not lead to
environmental degradation ?The answers
to these questions are provided for in the
Water Resource Management rules 2007
and the Water Act 2007. The act states
that the environment has priorityover full
domesticwater demand.
Discussions held on 19th November
concluded that corrective actions
needed to be implemented to mitigate
the potential risks. Immediate actions
by the Laikipia County Government
would facilitate this process before 2016,
includingmodificationof theweir togive
priority environmental flow over any
allocation to the furrow, and installation
of a closing device to allow WRMA
to regulate amount of water going into
the furrow. There will also be midterm
measures implemented to organise the
users of the canal to form an association
and, together with WRMA, conduct a
survey to determine a suitable site for
an irrigation project that will pipe water
to facilities with 90 day storage and drip
irrigation. This project will require a
NEMA license andWRMA authorisation
before commencement ofworks.
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Photoof Thome irrigationcanalweiracrossPesi river
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