The department is tasked with management of policies relating to water and sewerage services and waste water treatment and disposal, Environment, Solid Waste Management, Issuance of Noise License and Demolition permits, Licenses for refuse transportation, Environmental protection, and awareness campaigns, and to county forestry and other natural resources. It is further mandated to undertake conservation, control and protection of water catchment areas, water quality and pollution control, flood control and land reclamation, restoration of wetlands, conservation and protection and provision of county forestry services, protection and regulation of marine ecosystems, meteorological services and training, county environment management, restoration of strategic county water towers and coordination of climate change enabling activities.


A lead agency in the promotion of well-planned, quality and sustainable human settlements.


To facilitate efficient land administration and management, decent and affordable housing for social-economic development in an appropriate Spatial Framework.

Department Brief and Highlights

Water department addresses the water supply services, sanitation and sewerage services. The priority areas are to ensure access to safe and portable water to the household. Currently major water works are in progress and majority of the household are able to access water. The county has many boreholes, dams and water pans which have contributed significantly to food production and hence reliance on the rain fed Agriculture has been minimized

The water sub-sector has continuously rehabilitated the existing water infrastructure through frequent inspection of the existing water system. Boreholes and wells which have broken have been revitalized. In promotion of proper sanitation, the existing water supply have been integrated with treatments section to promote consumption

All major projects and programmes which are being implemented under the county have undertaken an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). These has been undertaken as requisite to ensure that no projects/programmes which have adverse effect to the environment is undertaken. In supplementing the lack of enough trained environmentalists, the NEMA officers at the sub-county have partnered with development partners in training staff under sectors which their programmes interact with environment on Environmental Impact Assessment. This has gone a notch higher in ensuring that programmes being implemented in the county are complying with the environmental standards.

Major challenges that the ministry has experienced includes low investments in environment and mineral resources, low staffing in technical cadres, low enforcement of environmental regulations and standards, uncoordinated policies and institutional frameworks, low investments in the economic instruments in conservation and constrain on budgetary resources.

The planning has focused on formulation of water and sewerage management policies including construction, rehabilitation and expansion of urban and rural water supply, drilling and equipping of bore holes, construction, rehabilitation and de-silting of dams and water pans, and county spatial planning and urban planning.

Departmental Priorities

The departmental priorities are:

  1. Provide clean domestic water to households, public institutions, and private organizations.
  2. Conserve the environment through protection of springs, rivers, catchment areas, and the re-afforestation
  3. Provision of physical planning services by planning of towns, public institutions
  4. Establish a county land tenure system

Departmental Key Achievements

The departmental key achievements are:

  • Provision of 645 tanks to all primary schools and public institutions
  • 40 boreholes rehabilitated and refurbished
  • Over 700 households connected to clean domestic water.
  • 20 springs protected
  • 100 woodlots established in schools and public institutions.
  • Establishment of storm water drainage system in Embu, Siakago and Runyenjes town.