WATER MANAGEMENT

Mwalua Wildlife Trust has a variety of water management projects that are working to improve the availability and sustainability of water access points for wildlife in Tsavo ecosystem. If you are interested in helping with a project, either financially or as a volunteer, see our volunteer opportunities or donate.

WATER MANAGEMENT

Water is Life Truck

The Water is Life Truck is an ongoing supply of water to water points in the wildlife areas. The delivery of water with this truck can be essential to the survival of wildlife in times of drought and helps mitigate wildlife conflict with surrounding villages as it reduces the instances of animals destroying property in search of water.

The fill-up point for water  is in the town of Voi, 70km from the nearest entry point into the Wildlife area. The water in Voi comes from Ndii, a government-regulated source from Mzima Springs in Tsavo West National Park.

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Depending on the season, there may be a possibility to ride along for a water delivery. Click here to learn more.

Mwalua Wildlife Trust water man

Water Pans

Concrete water pans are useful because they minimize water loss through ground seepage. Whether they are filled with our water trucks or with rain water, they are a good source of drinking water for all the animals. Normally, our water pans are shallow which enables all wildlife access to water and they are carefully constructed to prevent baby elephants from getting stuck. 

So far, we have created 2 concrete water pans: one in Lumo Sanctuary and one in Tsavo West National Park. Our plan is to build 20 water pans (15 in Tsavo West and 5 in privately owned ranches within Tsavo).

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Mud Water Holes

Mud water holes are important for storing water during the rainy seasons. We use excavators to dig the hard ground and make huge waterholes which will be able to store water for at least 3 to 6 months after rainfall. We strategically place the water holes, so they are best located to collect naturally flowing water during rains.

Mud water holes are important not only for animals to drink from, but also for cooling and parasite management. Many animals will cool off by swimming in the waterholes or coating themselves in mud which also smothers parasites like ticks.

We have dug 20 mud water holes in Tsavo West National Park and we would like to make 30 more in Tsavo Ecosystem.

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Mud Water Holes
Water Catchment

Installing Solar Pumps

Tsavo Ecosystem has several wells that were drilled in the past, but power is needed to access the water underground to supply it to various water points. Solar power is a great source of green energy and does not disturb animals with loud noises.

We have installed two solar pumps in Tsavo West National Park, capable of pumping 60,000 litres of water each day. Water is pumped from the wells into a water tank, and water from the tank is then pumped to around 6 water access points. We hope to install 6 solar pumps in the coming years.

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Constructing Water Tanks

As part of our continuing effort to create sustainable water solutions for animals, we will be working to construct water tanks that can store water at various points around the park. These tanks will be filled either by well water or trucks so in times of need water will be readily available. By planning ahead, there will be less pressure to fulfill the water needs of animals with only a truck, and tanks will provide the opportunity for water access points in more remote areas in the park that could not be part of a regular truck delivery route.

Currently we have installed 2 tanks in the park and hope to put at least 6 more with solar pumps.

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Constructing Water Tanks

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Donations are essential to the work of Mwalua Wildlife Trust. Funds are used to deliver water to wildlife, build and maintain water pans, water catchments, water pumps and tree nurseries, and support solutions in communities that will reduce human wildlife conflict. Please consider donating so we can continue our conservation efforts. Follow us on Facebook or sign up for our Newsletter to stay informed about our work. DONATE NOW 

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