Water Projects Connect More Uasin Gishu Residents To Piped Supply
More than 7,000 households in Uasin Gishu county now have access to clean piped water as the two levels of government collaborate to raise the accessibility of clean water in the county from 50 per cent in 2013 to 80 per cent by 2022.
This follows the drilling and equipping of more than 62 boreholes with solar-powered pumps and erecting elevated steel tanks to distribute the water to the homesteads.
At the same time, several dams are in various stages of construction while existing ones are undergoing de-siltation to boost water supply in the county, including Eldoret town, as well as to farmers for irrigation.
Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago said each of the 30 wards in the county has benefitted from at least a borehole with records from the devolved unit indicating that an additional 24 wells have been drilled and are being equipped to start operations.
Construction works at the Sh1.3 billion Kipkaren dam in Uasin Gishu county that is expected to inject 24,000 cubic metres of water to Kapseret, Elgon view, and parts of Langas estate in the outskirts of Eldoret town when complete.
In Eldoret town, the county is working with Eldoret Water and Sanitation Company (ELDOWAS) together with the National government in implementing various water projects in an effort to meet the current demand of 63,000 cubic metres of water daily.
Among the projects is Sosian dam which is under construction and expected to inject 9,000 cubic metres of water into the ecosystem once complete.
At the same time, the national government through the Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency and Lake Victoria North Water Works Development Agency is developing the Sh1.3 billion Kipkaren Dam that will serve Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties.
When finished, the water project whose construction started in 2019, will serve more than 200,000 residents in the two counties.
“The project will inject an additional 24,000 cubic meters of water per day into the system water availability from the current 66,000 cubic meters per day to about 90,000 cubic meters,” governor Mandago said.
Also under development is the Kesses water system that will supply water to Kesses area and its environs, including parts of Nandi County.
Dredging at Kesses dam. Dredging goes further than desilting by enlarging the reservoir through deepening and widening.
Currently, Eldoret town and its environs depend only on Chebara dam in the neighbouring Elgeyo Marakwet county that provides about 24,000 cubic metres and Naiberi dam that supplies 15,000 cubic metres.
As the population in urban centres increases, there will be an increase in the demand for water for improved livelihoods.
“The county also decided to acquire its own drilling rigs and de-silting machineries like the long arm excavators, crawler excavators, dozers and a dredging boat that has enabled us to drill several boreholes and de-silt several dams to increase water storage for domestic use as well as small scale irrigation,” Mandago said.
“On completion of de-silting of the dams, households, schools, and public amenities upstream will get water. Solar pumps will be installed in the water projects to minimize costs,” he added.
Some of the dams that have been de-silted include Kesses and Usalama. The Usalama dam, which is in Ainabkoi sub-county will serve 400 households and put more than 80 hectares of land under small-scale irrigation.
More than 230 households upstream are already reaping from the solar-powered upper Usalama Water project. It has a 100 cubic meters ground masonry tank and a distribution pipeline to the households for domestic and livestock use.