Residents of Rangwe Constituency in Homa Bay County will have access to clean water for domestic with the installation of sh45 million water project.
The Kosiga Dam water project which was completed in April 2017 will provide residents with 40000 litres of water.
Speaking during the inspection of various water projects CS for Water and Sanitation Simon Chelugui said that lack of clean water has been Homa Bay County’s major setback for the longest time.
The major source of water for the county has been Lake Victoria, which despite frantic efforts to clean, has been infested by water hyacinth," said Mr Chelugui.
Kosiga Dam water project has two phases; phase I is complete, phase two is currently ongoing.
Currently a communal water point (standpipe) has been constructed at the treatment plant to serve the community around the project area. Likewise, the project will have watering trough for the livestock.
It also involved construction of 1368 m3/day water treatment plant to supply clean portable water to the communities in Rangwe.
The dam was rehabilitated by de-silting to increase its storage capacity from 20,000litres to 40,000litres.
When complete the project will benefit a population of 20,000 people in various locations within Rangwe Constituency in Homa Bay County.
"Completion of the project aims at reducing the distance covered by women and children in search of water, human-livestock conflict by separating livestock and domestic uses of water, "he said.
CEO Lake Victoria South Water Service Board Eng. Petronilla Ogut called for the support and partnership in implementation of water and sanitation service.
" As a board we want to ensure people have access to clean water at their door steps to reduce distance for women and children searching for water," said Eng. Ogut.
CS signing visitors book during the visit
Rangwe Treatment plant
LAKE VICTORIA SOUTH WATER SERVICES BOARD ISSUES SOLID WASTE EQUIPMENT TO THREE COUNTIES
Solid waste management in three counties is set to improve thanks to provision of equipment worth KSh26 million (232,750 Euros) by Lake Victoria South Water Services Board (LVSWSB).
The three are County Government of Kericho, County Government of Nyamira and County Government of Migori.
The Board of Directors led by Amb. John Arap Koech and CEO Eng. Petronilla Ogut have flagged off the equipment that includes: seven tractors, seven trailers (skip loaders), and 86 waste bins/containers
The appalling state of solid waste management in the country is a big concern. Counties being the duty bearers in this service delivery have a responsibility to ensure sound management of solid wastes to reduce pollution that also gets to our waters. This affects the quality of water in the long run.
The rapid population growth especially in urban areas has overstretched the capacity of County Governments to adequately handle solid waste; hence the equipment will be relevant in providing services reforms to bring an end to unsightly areas of uncollected or illegally dumped solid wastes.
The provision of the equipment is expected to improve the sanitation levels in the above project towns through improved collection and disposal of solid waste.
The solid waste problems facing our country are not impossible to solve but they need concerted effort from all sectors of society.
Moving forward, the equipment has been distributed as follows:
Kericho: Three Tractors, three trailers and 40 waste bins
Keroka: Two. Tractors, two trailers and 25 waste bins
Isebania: Two Tractors, two trailers and 21 waste bins
The equipment was purchased from funding that is part of the African Development Bank (AfDB) funded Lake Victoria Water Supply And Sanitation Project Phase Two (Lvwatsan II).
LVWATSAN II project is funded through a grant to East African Community for its 5 member States with the main objective of improving the health and quality of life of the Lake Victoria Basin population, through protecting the environment of Lake Victoria, and contributing to the reversal of the lake water pollution through improvement in sustainable water supply and sanitation infrastructure to 15 secondary towns in Lake Victoria Basin. In
Kenya, the program is being implemented in 3 towns of Kericho, Keroka and Isebania/Sirari (Tz).
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