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Water Commission

The office of water commission under the leadership of commissioner of water has been established under the water act of 2008


To develop, update and monitor the implementation of water  policy, water and sanitation legislations and strategy; preparation and coordination of all water sector management activities, including international waters. Provision of direction on water resources management and utilization.

Policy and Legal Framework

Water Commission’s mandate is based on the following legal framework

  • Vision 2020 (2004-2020)
  • The National Strategic Development Plan (2012-2017)
  • Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030)
  • Water and sanitation Policy (2007)
  • Water Act (2008)
  • Long Term Water and Sanitation Strategy (2016)

Vision 2020

Relevant pillars

  • Strong economy and prosperous nation

Water plays the pivotal role in both the industrial and agricultural development, among others, and indeed the lubricant of economic growth, moreover, Food security is guaranteed by water availability in both quantity and quality

  • Well managed environment

Water and environment are inseparable and intertwined.  The well managed environment will safeguard availability of water through recharged ground water that keeps our rivers and springs flowing.  Indeed proper management of watersheds (catchments) will keep our water resources sustainably abundant.

  • Healthy and well developed human resource base

Capacitating both the  water institutions and the staff ensures sound and informed management of our water resources. Increase in food production, safe drinking water and basic sanitation are directly related to the healthy manpower.

  • Well established Technology

Data collection technologies assist in making the precise assessment of the country’s water resources. This assists in making  Early warnings of extreme events like droughts, floods, etc.

National Strategic Development Plan


  1. Develop key infrastructure
  • To expand water harvesting infrastructure.
  • To expand water and sanitation distribution services to industries, commercial centers, house holds, and other institutions.
  • To augment industrial effluent treatment and disposal facilities.
  • To create water reserves for national water security
  • To increase productivity in natural resources based economic activities such as agriculture ( via increased irrigation capacity), hydropower generation, tourism etc.
  1. Reverse land degradation, desertification and improve water shed management.
  2. Improve health, combat hiv and aids and reduce vulnerability
  3. Enhance skills base, technology adoption and foundation for innovation.



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