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Kakamega to build Sh19m water facility in Malava

Project funded by the Water Sector Trust Fund is expected to serve at least 2,600 people

In Summary
  • Engineer Andrew Ayuka from WSTF said his organisation is keen on the implementation of the project to ensure residents benefit.
  • Programme was initiated by his predecessor Wycliffe Oparanya under Amatsi Khumukuru motto (water at the door step).
County Environment chief officer Eugene Wamalwa and acting KACWASCO CEO Ms Christabel Ashiono during the commissioning of Sh19m water project in Malava on Wednesday
County Environment chief officer Eugene Wamalwa and acting KACWASCO CEO Ms Christabel Ashiono during the commissioning of Sh19m water project in Malava on Wednesday
Image: HILTON OTENYO

The Kakamega County Water and Sanitation Company has commissioned the construction of Sh19 million water project in Malava to enhance the supply of the commodity in the subcounty.

The project, funded by the Water Sector Trust Fund, is expected to serve at least 2,600 people after completion.

This is aimed at realising Governor Fernandes Barasa’s promise to ensure all households have access to piped water.

The programme was initiated by his predecessor Wycliffe Oparanya under Amatsi Khumukuru motto (water at the door step).

KACWASCO acting chief executive Christabell Ashiono said the project will include rehabilitation of the water spring, construction of a 250 cubic metre water storage tank and laying of the water pipeline.

“This project will help us address the high demand for water in this area. As a company, we are committed to ensuring we bring water closer to the residents as per Governor Barasa's  manifesto,” he said.

Ashiono was speaking during the site handover and sensitisation meeting at the Malava subcounty offices.

She said the population in Malava has outstripped the 50 cubic metres storage tank currently available.

“There is high demand for water as a result of the high population. This project will help us address part of the problem by increasing supply,” she said.

Ashiono said Malava town and its environs currently rely on boreholes and springs for the supply of clean drinking water, which is not enough.

She urged development partners to support the company in the construction of a sewerage system in Malava for proper waste water disposal.

Chief officer for Environment Eugene Wamalwa said the county has initiated water projects in all the 12 subcounties to expand access to clean water.

“We also have the Kuvasali water project here in Malava which is under construction, once completed it will serve more people and ensure Malava has enough water,” Wamalwa said.

Engineer Andrew Ayuka from WSTF said his organisation is keen on the implementation of the project to ensure residents benefit.

“We will keenly monitor this project to ensure our funds are well utilised for the intended purposes. Our goal is to have residents get water services closer to them,” Ayuka said.

KACWASCO technical manager engineer Celsus Shilehwa said the project will use modern HDPE water pipelines to minimise bursts and leakages.

A resident, pastor Ayub Masayi, said the project will help in the reduction of water shortage in Malava town.

“We are happy because this project will help us get water frequently,” Masayi said.

(Edited by Tabnacha O)

KACWASCO technical manager Celsus Shilehwa, Environment chief officer Eugene Wamalwa and KACWASCO acting CEO Christabel Ashiono during commissioning of Sh19m Malava water protect on Wednesday
KACWASCO technical manager Celsus Shilehwa, Environment chief officer Eugene Wamalwa and KACWASCO acting CEO Christabel Ashiono during commissioning of Sh19m Malava water protect on Wednesday
Image: HILTON OTENYO
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