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Welcome to Tanathi water services Board

About Tanathi WSB

TANATHI Water Services Board (TAWSB or TANATHI) was created on June 4, 2008 through a Legal Notice

No.69 contained in the, Kenya Gazette Supplement No.25. It was hived off from Tana and Athi Water Services Boards,to become the eighth Water Services Board,responsible for the efficient and economical provision of water in thirty eight districts, covering Kitui, Machakos, Makueni and Kajiado counties

Upon its establishment, TANATHI developed a strategic plan in 2008 to guide its operations for the period running between 2008 and2013. However, the plan was developed shortly after TANATHI was formed and did not therefore address all the strategic issues in the water and sanitation sector as stipulated by the 2002 reforms.  

Besides this, a number of policy changes at the national level have been accomplished since the current Strategic plan was developed. These include the development of Kenya Vision 2030, which accords the water and sanitation sector a critical role in achieving development targets under the social pillar; the National Medium Term Plan, 2008-2012. Two, the new Kenyan constitution makes access to basic needs, including access to safe clean water and sanitation, a fundamental right. The current Strategic Plan being reviewed was also based on the 1999 population census figures which have become rather outdated and can therefore not be used in planning. With the availability of the 2009 Kenya Household and Population Census, it is important that the strategic plan be revised to be in line with national policy changes and base its strategic orientations on current population figures and trends.

The revision has also been informed by the need to have TAWSB’s operations comply with the various reforms introduced by the 2002 Water Act.  With the passing of the Water Act and consequent water sector reforms, the Government committed itself to adopting a human rights based approach in the water sector.

Although the right to water and sanitation is not explicitly provided in the Water Act, it was formally recognised in a number of key policies developed as part of the water sector reforms. This has also been reinforced in the current Constitution. The separation of policy and regulatory responsibilities and the devolution of responsibilities for water resources management and water services provision to local level functions has been the principal mechanism for improving accountability and transparency in the water and sanitation sector