By Checky Abuje
The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (KIWASH) has partnered with counties in Western Kenya to complement the acute shortage of water bedevilling the region. The latest project is in Busia county valued at Ksh 10m.
More than 150 households will benefit from the project intended to supply clean water to the community.
Speaking during an inspection tour of the project, the KIWASH Manager Joseph Kimani said a 24,000-litre water tank will be mounted at Ogallo market in Butula sub-county.
Additionally, water kiosk with a 5000Litr water tank on top is earmarked for Isongo village in the same sub-county. The project will be Solar powered for efficiency in the clean water supply.
Busia county Chief Officer for Water, Environment and Natural Resources Moses Weunda said the household figure is set to increase to over 400 household beneficiaries upon completion of the project.
According to the chief officer, there will be an extension of 7.6 km pipeline covering Musubiriri, Shirandala, Elukongo, Isongo and Buhuyi villages.
Other improvements to be addressed by the project include the rehabilitation of 100,000 litres masonry tank at Buhuyi Primary School and installation of chlorine dose and rehabilitation of a borehole at Ogallo market that will pump 8000L per hour.
KIWASH programme has remained instrumental in the entire Western Kenya region in the provision of clean water to local communities beside improved sanitation standards.
Among the components, the programme undertakes in the region is capacity building on water and sanitation which has improved greatly in the recent past, reducing complications of diseases attributed to unclean water and poor sanitation.
Weunda and the KIWASH team also visited Bunyala Sub County where they witnessed the test pumping of Mulukoba borehole which pumps at least 2000Litres per hour.