Wednesday, December 1

Ksh.600M water project launched in Bungoma

By: Ian Imbaiza and Lydia Wafula

South Korea and Bungoma County have launched a Ksh. 600M water project in Bungoma that will see residents’ access to clean water for domestic use. The launching exercise was presided over by Korean ambassador Yeonghan Choi.

Addressing the media at the county headquarters, Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati noted that the project will see construction of some 86.3km water supply pipeline, the erection of a water treatment plant and five service tanks and 25 water collection kiosks across Mt. Elgon, Kabuchai and Kanduyi constituencies serving a population of approximately 100,000 people.

Wangamati assured that project is aimed at improving the state of sanitation and hygiene by increasing water supply and access and reducing the walking distance to water collection points in Bungoma County.

“Specifically, the Korean and Bungoma water project deal will involve a detailed design and construction of a water supply system from Mt. Elgon, Kabuchai, Kanduyi sub –counties,” he noted.

He added that they had estimated at Sh600 million and the project was earmarked to run from 2018 to 2022 but stalled due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

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“The grant also involved developing a County Water Supply Master Plan which is complete. The Master Plan identifies a robust, flexible water sources development strategy that ensures security of supply to areas within Bungoma County and meets the expected growth in water demands over the next 25 years from the year 2020 to 2045,”Wangamati said.

The county boss added that the constructed infrastructure under KOICA I includes an intake structure on Kuywa River at elevation 1832.5 mass. This intake structure makes considerations and provisions for water demands up to the ultimate year of 2035. A provision is provided in the intake structure for future collection of an additional raw water main.

Other features of the project include raw water gravity main from the intake structure to the treatment plant.

In the last 4 years, Bungoma has connected an estimated 400,000 residents of Bungoma County to Water supply main between 2018 and 2020.

As part of this push, the governor added that they have acquired a water drilling rig with which they are digging boreholes to serve communities and institutions across the county.

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