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REHABILITATION OF WASTEWATER SYTEM IN KISUMU-KISAT

SUPERVISION MISSON BY THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR, AFD TEAM AND THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF KISUMU

The French Ambassador Mr. Remy Marechaux, Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) Direcor Mr. Yves Boudot, AFD team and County Government of Kisumu visited Kisat waste water Plant on 17th November, 2014 for supervision mission on progress of the rehabilitation of Kisat Wastewater system.

Kisat Project is financed by the AFD under Kisumu Water Supply and Sanitation. The CEO LVWSB Eng. Agumba said during the supervision visit that the project will increase the water supply & sanitation and also improve environment within the City. He emphasized that the Board is committed to ensure completion of the project for better service delivery, sufficient quality water supply and proper sanitation to the people of kisumu.  Currently there is no flooding at Kisat compound with raw sewer, no foul smell that has been experienced in the area before, treated sewerage from 50-70% and 50% of the system is now operational.

The Conventional Sewage Treatment Works (STW) is located to the northwest of the town next to River Kisat. The plant was first constructed in the year 1958 with capacity of 2270 m3/day, which was then rehabilitated in the year 1985-6 under financing of KfW. This increased the capacity to 6800 m3/day. The plant receives sewage from the domestic and commercial mainly from the Central Business District and industrial area, it also receives heavy amounts of oils from the garages, factories on the lower shores like the fish factories.

Kisat waste water treatment has the following component;- inlet Works which includes (Storm water Overflow, The Screens,  Mechanical and Manual Screens),Oil Separator, Primary Sedimentation Tanks, Biological Trickling Filters and Siphon/ Distribution Chambers, Secondary Sedimentation Tanks, Effluent Re-circulation Pumping Station, Sludge Pumping Station and Sludge Digesters.

KAJULU WATER TREATMENT PLANT UNDER (KISUMU WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION PROJECT) IS NOW COMPLETE AND READY FOR COMMISSIONING

Kisumu city will experience a 24 hours clean quality water supply after the completion of Kajulu treatment plant under Kisumu Long Term Action Plan (LTAP) Package 2. The main component of the project included: - Construction of Kajulu Intake, Water Treatment Works and Raw Water Pipeline.

The project was mainly divided into two; Short Term Action Plan (STAP) and Long Term Action Plan (LTAP). The STAP was completed and commissioned in 2008. Implementation of LTAP was started in December 2011 and is now substantially complete. As a result of STAP, and LTAP, Kisumu town now has adequate water production capacity sufficient for the town upto 2030 and beyond.

The multimillion water project funded by Government of Kenya and French Development Agency (AFD) is going to increase the production at Kajulu Treatment works from 1,700m3/day to 48,000m3/day.

The new System constructed by the Chinese firm, M/s China Jiangxi International Kenya, is a conventional water treatment plant comprising of a raw water intake from River kibos, raw water pipeline at Kajulu, a 1,000m3 Raw water balancing tank, Mixing tank, distribution chamber, Flocculation basins, Sedimentation tanks, Rapid sand filters, Pump and generator house, Chemical building, backwash tank, Kajulu contact tank of 5,000m3 , Sludge lagoon and sludge drying beds.

The supply will be connected to a distribution network which includes: 2 new reinforced concrete tank at Kibuye with capacity of 6,000m3, a tank at Obwolo of 1,300m3, a 5,000m3  tank at Mamboleo, one tank at Kanyamedha   of  1,300m3, and a  250m3 Elevated steel tank at LVSWSB compound

MIGORI WATER SUPPLY FINALLY COMPLETE AND HANDED OVER TO THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF MIGORI

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According to LVWSB, Chief Executive Officer, Eng Moses Agumba, the project has been jointly funded by the African Development Bank and the national government, and will supply 20 million litres of water every day. He added that the project will improve the standards of living in Migori County and called upon all partners to pull out their resources together to ensure sustainability of the water facilities. He   urged stakeholders to pay for water and be on the lookout on cases of vandalism, burst pipes and general maintenance of the facility to enable Migori people enjoy the commodity throughout.

The Governor Migori County H.E Hon. Zacharia Obado who graced the occasion commended the good work of Lake Victoria South Water Services Board to the County. He said that water has been a challenge in Migori County and that residents were exposed to water born diseases which will be a thing of the past with the completion of Migori Water Supply, he emphasized that Water is life, and that Migori residents should take the opportunity and enjoy the clean water. He added that the water will distributed equally to all needy areas within the catchment of the project.  The Governor reiterated that he welcome such good projects in his County.

The function was attended by the Governor Hon. Zacharia Obado, The CEO LVSWSB, CECM- Migori County Mr. Elija Odhiambo, Director Water Mr. Asiyo, The project contractor (SCC International Engineering Co.), consultant (Otieno Odongo & Partners), Resident Eng. S.N. Ochanda, LVSWSB staff, County Government staff, Mikutra staff and stakeholders from local community.

THE BOARD FLAGS OFF FOUR DOUBLE CAB PICK UP & FOUR EXHAUSTERS TO KERICHO, KEROKA, AND ISEBANIA TOWNS UNDER LVWATSAN II PROGRAMME

Lake Victoria South Water Services Board has handed over four Double cabin pick-ups and four exhausters under LVWATSAN II project to Kericho Keroka and Isebania Towns. The project is funded by AFD through East African Community and additional funding by the Government of Kenya at approximate cost of Ksh. 1.32 billion. The  components of this project includes; Construction of Water Supply and Sanitation Works for Keroka, & Isebania, Rehabilitation of Kericho Sewerage System, Sewer Extensions, Sanitation Facilities (Ablution Blocks), Construction of Landfills and Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant in all the three towns.

The regional project being coordinated by lake basin commission on behalf of East African Community in the Five partner state, is aimed at improving the health and quality of life of the Lake Victoria Basin population through protecting the environment of the Lake and contributing to the reversal of the lake water pollution through improvement in sustainable water supply and sanitation.

GERMAN FINANCIAL COOPERATION (KFW) FUNDS PROJECTS OF LVSWSB

The KFW through the Government of Kenya is going to fund projects under Lake Victoria South Water Services Board in Kericho, Kisii, Nyamira, Siaya and Litein.

This initiative programme is set to improve investment in water and sanitation in the major towns for the purposes of economic sustainability. The project is set to expand the treatment works, distribution lines at Timbilil, rehabilitation of Waste water treatment in Kericho and Kisii towns, the rehabilitation of water treatment plant at Kegati which will boost the existing capacity from 6,000 to 18,000M3/Day. The project also aims at redesigning the energy efficient systems to replace existing high energy intensive pumping systems in Kisii, Litein and Ugunja.

The KFW team is currently touring the project areas a head of the implementation the team includes; Mr. Gerald Kuhnemund principal Projects Officer, Water, Sanitation and Transport sub Saharan Africa, Frankfut, Mr. Harmut Beck Principal Engineer, Water and Sanitation Sub Saharan Africa, Frankfut, Ms. Sandra Hannusch programme Manager, KFW Office Nairobi and Ms. Sheillah Karimi Programme Officer, KFW Office Nairobi

NILE BASIN INITIATIVE CELEBRATION

Lake Victoria South Water Services Board participated in the Nationwide River /Catchment cleaning exercise and planting trees along River Migori banks to year mark Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) which is celebrated yearly in Riparian Countries. The two days event was presided over by the Principal Secretary Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Mr. James Teko Lopoyetum, from 21st to 22nd February, 2014 in Migori County.

The theme of this year’s celebration, “Water, Energy, National Challenges, and Trans-boundary Solutions” laid emphasis on inter-linkages between water, energy and the importance of cooperation in addressing national and economic growth challenges.

Mr. Lopoyetum said in his speech that every citizen is entitled to a clean environment and access to quality water in sufficient quantities as entrenched in the Constitution of Kenya 2010. He urged institutions charged with the responsibility of enforcing water sector laws and regulations to do so effectively by collaborating with communities, schools, public health officers, security, NGOs, and County Government in ensuring restoration and protection of the water boundaries. He reiterated that tree planting is an important exercise that should be integrated in school programs to enable students to participate in cleaning and protecting the environment

The Deputy Governor Mr. Nelson Mahanga Mwita expressed their commitment in working with the National Government in fast tracking projects such as power generation and irrigation from river Kuja at Gogo power station and a sewer system for Migori County.

The Chairman Lake Victoria South Water Services Board (LVSWSB) Mr. Joseph Weya in his remarks stated that water services has devolved to the County Government and that Migori County should  work tirelessly in ensuring that trees are planted along the river banks in Migori, oyani and Kuja in order to sustain and protect the catchment sources. He also reiterated the Board’s commitment to work closely with both the National and County government to ensure access to quality water in sufficient quantities to all citizens.

Eng. Moses Agumba CEO (LVSWSB) who gave a brief of the Board, emphasized on the Board’s commitment to environmental issues especially in improving water quality and mitigating waste discharge into the water bodies. He said Migori County being one of the beneficiaries of the ongoing Vision 2030 flagship projects, Awendo Water Supply which is due for completion in April, is managed by the Public Private Partnership (PPP) management model. He added that that the Board is currently collaborating with KFW to put up a sewer system for Migori, Keroka ,Isebania and Kericho amongst other ongoing projects such as Siaya –Bondo Water Supply , Kajulu treatment works which is set to boost the current  water supply from 45 billion litters to 80 billion litters Eng. Agumba, reaffirmed that the Board is committed to work together with other stakeholders and partners in  finding a lasting solution to the challenges like: energy, costly chemicals for water treatment and hydropower issues.

The event brought together key stakeholders from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR), Lake Victoria South Water services Board (LVSWSB), Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) representatives from different regions, Water Resource Management Authority (WARMA), National Environmental Authority (NEMA), County Government of Migori, County Executive Member water and Environment, County commissioner, County Education Director, County Water Director, and NGOs representatives.

AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ON CONSUMPTION OF SAFE WATER

The Board in partnership with Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) has launched an awareness campaign under the theme “Maji Safi Maisha Bora” to influence consumer’s perception, attitude and behavior change towards consumption and payment of safe water. The event was launched at Oring’ Market in Rachuonyo South on 30th January, 2014.

The campaign is targeting communities and schools and it will have series of events in Siaya, Kisumu, Nandi, Migori Nyamira and Homa Bay Counties.

Community meeting for Kanyadhiang in Homa Bay County is scheduled for 18th February, 2013 at the water point and a tonourment on 21st February, 2014.

The schools participating are: Ayub Okoko, Simbi, Liera and Kanyadhiang’ primary Schools on.

THE LAUNCH OF WATER POINT MAPPING (WPM) REPORT FOR KISUMU COUNTY BY LAKE VICTORIA SOUTH WATER SERVICES BOARD

Lake Victoria South Water Services Board (LVSWSB) launched the Water Point Mapping (WMP) report for Kisumu County at the Tom Mboya Labour College on 14th November, 2013. The Launch was presided over by George K’oyier who represented the Governor of Kisumu County Hon. Jack Ranguma and Jared Otieno Okello who represented the CEO LVSWSB, Eng. Moses Agumba. Other guests in attendance included: John Nyakawa of SNV, District Public Health Officers from Kisumu County, Managing Directors of WSPs and representatives from Plan International, Care Kenya care   among others.

The WPM exercise for Kisumu County was undertaken by LVSWSB with the support of SNV-Netherlands Development Organization and was meant to provide crucial information about the water situation for the rural areas within Kisumu County.

In the Governor’s speech read by Mr. Koyier, he stated that the provision of accessibility, quality and affordability of water and sanitation services is a basic human right that is entrenched in the constitution of Kenya 2010 and that his government is committed to the realization of this mandate.

The governor applauded LVSWSB and SNV teams for carrying out the noble exercise of water point Mapping since it came at a time when they were finalizing on the Kisumu County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) for 2014/17 which will spell out the development priorities for the county. His government therefore found the report to be useful in providing reliable and accurate information about the water situation in Kisumu County.

He also encouraged stakeholders and donors to utilize the findings of the report and work together in ensuring that the Pro- poor strategies and plans are implemented to help fast-track access to water for the unserved and under-served populations.

Jared Okello, speaking on behalf of the CEO LVSWSB, stated that about 345 million people lack water in Africa and that ten people die every year because of water yet the constitution entrenches water and sanitation services as a basic right. He reiterated that the data for rural areas was key in ensuring equitable distribution of safe and quality water and called for improved partnership between the board and the county government which he noted was vital in prioritizing development issues within the water sector.

He also emphasized the need for stakeholders promote payment for water and sanitation services in the rural areas to enable sustainability and maintenance of water projects. This he said can be realized through training of the managers of rural water projects. He thanked the SNV team for their unwavering support to the Board and requested them to extend it to other counties.

John Nyakawa the team leader for SNV in his brief presentation, pointed out the importance of WPM exercise and the findings in the report especially on the variables on quality, quantity, distance and the need to make payment for water services. He reiterated that the report provided a good benchmark for investment planning, targeted interventions, improved equity, communication enhancement and for scholars who may want carry out further research.

LAKE VICTORIA SOUTH WATER SERVICES BOARD CELEBRATES ISO 9001:2008 CERTIFICATION & LAUNCH OF STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE YEAR 2013-2017

Lake Victoria South Water Services Board officially launched its five year Strategic Plan 2013-2017 and ISO 9001:2008 Certification in a colorful celebration at Lavictor’s house on 1st November, 2013. The function was presided over by Mr. Jakaiti who represented the Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judy W. Wakhungu of the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources. Other guests were the MD KEBS, County Commissioner Kisumu County, Chairman Coast Water Services Board, Chairman Tana Water Services Board, Chairman National Water, County Executive Nandi County, Chairman Kiwasco, and County Executive Migori County among others.

In her speech read by the Water Principal Secretary Mr. David Jakaiti, she congratulated Lake Victoria South Water Services Board for attaining ISO 9001:2008 certification which she said provides assurance to the public on quality and efficient service delivery.

Mr. Jakaiti said that Quality Management System as envisaged in ISO 9001:2008 standards is one of the vital tools that can immensely change the performance of any organization. He emphasized that organizations should embrace best practices in the management systems in order to deliver effective services and meet the needs of customers.

Mr. Joe Ombwayo who represented the Ag. MD KEBS Mr. Charles Gachahi, congratulated the Board for entrenching a culture of quality in systems and processes. He accentuated that ISO 9001:2008 certification demands commitment to the principle of continual improvement. He therefore urged the entire staff of Lake Victoria South Water Services Board to live up to expectations of the certification.

The County Commissioner Ms. Lona Odero, praised the Board for the tremendous work on water infrastructure development within the county. She also recognized the right to water in the new dispensation and challenged the Board to provide water in adequate quantities to the under-served areas within the county.  She also urged all stakeholders in the water sector to conserve environment and Water Sources to improve on the catchment areas.

In celebrating attainment of the certification the Board focuses on quality service delivery to its customers through commitment which is vital for sustainability and improvement on the organizational management standards

While implementing this standard, the Board is guided by its quality policy, which states that:,

"Lake Victoria Water Services Board is committed to providing quality customer service by developing and effectively managing water and sanitation facilities as well as establishing viable Water Service Providers for efficient supply of safe, adequate and reliable water and sewerage services at an affordable tariff.

The Board, management and staff of Lake Victoria South Water Services Board are therefore committed to do this by:

  • Establishing and maintaining an effective Quality Management System in line with ISO 9001:2008 requirements.
  • Measuring all aspects of the Quality Management System as a basis for continual improvement.
  • Improving the system through training and investment in new facilities and technology.
  • Complying with statutory, regulatory, customer and other requirements.
  • Promote a culture in which all employees share in this quality policy for continuous improvement.

This statement provides a framework for establishing the quality objectives and will be reviewed and revised periodically to take into account changes in the organization’s customer requirements and Quality Management Practices."

The Board’s Chairman Mr. Weya said that the Launch of strategic plan 2012-2017 will provide a strategic direction for the Board in the next five years.  He said that the Board’s strategic plan comes at a time when Kenya is experiencing constitutional changes and more importantly, when citizens all over the country are becoming more and more aware of their constitutional rights and services. This therefore calls for more concerted efforts and commitment by the Board and stakeholders to strive and meet the needs of the people served.

Mr. Weya reiterated that the Board is appreciative to the Government of Kenya (GoK) for its significant contribution in terms of provision of policy and strategic direction in water sector and more importantly the mobilization of both domestic and foreign resources to the sector and the Board. The Chairman also passed his gratitude to the Development Partners and Donors; AFD, GIZ, UN-HABITAT, JICA, World Bank, Africa Development Bank (AfDB), European Union (EU), UNICEF, the French Government, the Governments of Korea and Italy for their financial and technical support to the Board in water and sanitation infrastructure development in  the region.

Eng. Agumba, Ag. CEO-LVSWSB, said that the strategic plan intends to address a number of challenges which includes: rehabilitation of dilapidated water supply facilities, development of new water and sanitation infrastructure, development of treated water storage facilities, capacity building of Water Service Providers and provision of consultancy services to other stakeholders in the region.

In the quest of providing the much needed water and sanitation services, the Board will put priority on the under-served areas while, maintaining integrity, equity, fairness, accountability and transparency as advocated by the drawn strategic objectives of the Board as stated below:

  1. Strategic Objective No. 1
    To develop and manage national public water and sanitation infrastructure to increase water services coverage from 53% to 63% (water) and from 30% to 50% (sanitation) by 2017.

  2. Strategic Objective No. 2
    To develop, contract and regulate viable and sustainable Water Service Providers (WSPs).

  3. Strategic Objective No. 3:
    To provide technical support in water services provisions for sustainability and operational efficiency.

  4. Strategic Objective No. 4
    To mobilize resources and facilitate funding for infrastructure development to enhance service delivery

  5. Strategic Objective No. 5
    Enhancing collaboration and synergies with actors and stakeholders both within and outside water sector.

  6. Strategic Objective No. 6
    Up-to-date development & investment Plans for water & sanitation services

  7. Strategic Objective No. 7
    Strengthening internal processes and human resource capacity to enhance equity and efficiency in service delivery.

POSITIONING KISUMU TO PROVIDE SUSTAINABLE ACCESS TO SAFE WATER

Kisumu county government in partnership with Lake Victoria South Water Services Board together with Key players in the water sector on 19th September, 2013 held a conference at Imperial Hotel in Kisumu City to discuss water challenges facing Kisumu County under the theme “Positioning Kisumu County to Provide Sustainable Access to Safe Water,”

The Governor H.E.Jack Ranguma in his speech, pointed out two key issues posing a big challenge to development of the county: the need to access safe and affordable water is vital hence there is need for key players in the water sector to cooperate and put into use all resources to realize sustainability, reliability and affordability of water by county residents.

Secondly he emphasized that the perennial floods experienced in a number of areas in the county during long rains needs to be controlled by harvesting the flood waters for irrigation farming since agriculture is one of the pillars of the economy.

The Governor in conclusion urged all key stakeholders to take the challenge of introducing two channels of distribution systems: blue water for domestic use and grey water for irrigation farming to realize the dream of Kisumu County.

Eng. Agumba the Ag. CEO LVSWSB gave a brief presentation highlighting the key projects within Kisumu that will position Kisumu City to access adequate clean and safe water. The CEO outlined the implemented projects of short term like Dunga Emergency Works of 2009-2014 and the long term action plan of GOK and UNCEF under Wash Program. Other planned projects he mentioned included Otonglo Waste Water Management, Kibos Dam Development, Koru multipurpose Dam and Nyando Water Supply of which are ongoing.

The conference was attended by County Executive Water, Energy & Natural resources Prof. Barack Obonyo, CEO WASREB Eng. Gakubia, Director WARMA Mr. Nyaoro, Director Sector reforms, Ministry of Environment Water & Natural Resources Eng. Kimathi, Ag. CEO Lake Victoria South Water Services Board Eng. Moses Agumba, Mr. Alfred Adongo team leader SANA International, Chief Technical Advisor Lake Victoria Region UN-HABITAT Mr. Mbeya among others.

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Lake Victoria South Water Services Board joined the rest in the World Environment Day 2013 National celebrations held at Maseno University Siriba Campus on 5th June, 2013.

World Environment Day (WED) is observed on June 5 every year to promote awareness on the importance of preserving our biodiversity, the need to identify problems related to the environment and ways to take corrective action. World Environment Day celebrations is  a way of tackling environmental challenges that include climate change, global warming, disasters and conflicts, harmful substances, environmental governance, ecosystem management and resource efficiency.

In relation to this year’s theme “Think, eat, save”, the Board as a body responsible for economical provision of Water and sanitation infrastructure, joined others in the campaign to reduce wastage and loss on food.

As we are all aware that Water is key to food security, Crops and livestock need water to grow. Agriculture requires large quantities of water for irrigation and of good quality for various production processes. While feeding the world and producing a diverse range of non-food crops such as cotton, rubber and industrial oils water is still required.

According to UNDPP 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year which is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole sub – Saharan Africa. This calls for full participation to curb food loss and wastage.

This event attracted good number of institutions to showcase their roles in relation to the theme. It also enabled everyone to realize their responsibilities and powers to participate on this anti food waste and food loss campaign to conserve and become an agent of change in sustainable and equitable development.

The Board therefore reaffirms its commitment to environment conservation!!

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