H.E. Governor Granton Samboja has officially commissioned the Di Moody Nakuruto Water Project in Taveta Sub-County set to ultimately reach 17,000 residents of Mahoo and Chala Wards.
While addressing the delighted Taveta people, Governor noted how the multimillion worth project brings a solution to the challenge of acute water shortage in the areas and enables access to clean water.
The County Boss added that a section of the areas reached have not had access to piped water since independence.
“ The target areas have drought weather conditions. The project is a milestone first to the Taveta residents, “ Governor stated.
The project is a joint partnership by the County Government of Taita Taveta, Kenya Red Cross Society KRCS and British Red Cross.
British Red Cross gave a contribution of Ksh 46 million while the County Government injected Ksh 15 million into the initiative.
Red Cross Highlights
Maria Twerda British Red Cross Cluster Manager stated Governor Samboja’s leadership enabled the execution of the water project and has enabled better living for the beneficiaries who are at the grassroots level.
“ With this commitment, KRCS is striving to greatly facilitate the building of resilience of the local communities along the water infrastructure and in areas with dire need. We have factored in future growth and population increase in the areas, and a lot of thinking has also gone into our programming in line with the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs,” KRCS Secretary-General Dr Asha Mohammed in a speech read on her behalf by Elijah Muli, Head of Disaster Management said.
Joram Oranga, County Coordinator Taita Taveta KRCS said that through the projects residents can access clean water as the water sources of Madulu Springs and River Lumi were contaminated by livestock, pesticides and human activities.
Mr Oranga added that the hygiene component of the project reduces cases of water-borne diseases.
“ The initiative reduces border conflicts as some residents cross over to neighbouring countries to fetch water as far as 8km. The COVID-19 pandemic restricted movement creating acute water stress,” he continued.
Di Moody Nakuruto Water Project explained by KRCS Secretary-General Dr Asha Mohammed representative
In terms of access to clean and safe water for drinking and domestic use, KRCS has invested heavily at the source which includes the drilling of a bigger borehole (12” diameter) with a yield of 60m3/h with a possibility of increasing the same in the future.
The electromechanical (equipping of the borehole and pumping system) was conducted.
A pump with a capacity of 35m3/h has been installed, solarization has been completed with an automated power house.
An elevated steel tank of 200m3 capacity has been constructed at the top of Lake Challa to maximize the gravitational force and supply water to the furthest end.
The operator’s house was constructed to ensure the continued security of the facilities and the provision of uninterrupted services.
The project has also largely invested in clean/green energy as the entire system is solarized for cost-effectiveness and environmental sustainability.
The project has laid a new pipeline of 4” covering 13kms (8 km from the tank to the border of Mrimba and Lessessia and 5 km to Tank 6) with 6 communal water points.
Testimonials from Taveta
An elated Mary Nguzo, 52, thanked Governor Samboja for the project that makes sure they have proper and consistent access to clean water.
She is happy as the project impacts her directly at the village level.
Mzee Rodgers Masamo, 56, added that the availability of the precious commodity closer to them will change the whole area economically since they can intensify their farming activities with ease.
He remarked how the governor has proven to have a solid development track record impacting people at the community grassroots levels.
County Executive Committee Member CECM in charge of Water, Environment, Sanitation, Natural Resources and Climate Change Esther Mwanyumba said that adverse effects of climate change have brought issues of water shortage, but it is now a relief for Taveta residents due to the initiative.
The County Executive added that proper access to water helps people live a dignified life per SDG 6.
“ The commissioning comes promptly to reduce distances covered by people to fetch water, which is a precious commodity. Water is life,” the County Boss concluded.