Water project to benefit Baruti residents
23 February 2012, 13:04
Nearly 10,000 residents of Barut location in Nakuru County are set to benefit from a multi-million shilling water project.
The entire operation will be funded by a US-based water systems company, Franklin Electric through its charity arm, the Franklin Wells For the World Foundation (FWWF), with the costs being estimated at over three million shillings.
This will involve the drilling of a borehole and the setting up of a treatment plant to ensure that the fluoride level in the water is within the World Health Organization standards and is safe for human consumption.
The company’s South Africa Director, Attie Jonker, who announced the plan to members of the public, said his company had accepted a request from a local NGO called the School, Orphans and Relief Kenya (SOAR-K) to construct a borehole in the area as part of its international Corporate Social responsibility.
FFWF would also fund connection of electric power to the boreholes to ease pumping of the water.
“Our worldwide mission as a company is to ensure that as many people as possible all over the world have unlimited access to clean, drinking water,” said Mr Jonker, “ We believe that working hand in hand with communities around the world will enable us to improve living standards globally.”
Mr Jonker advised the residents of the area to reap the utmost benefits from the boreholes by growing cash crops and coming up with numerous environmental conservation programs.
Speaking during the function, SOAR-Kenya Chief Executive James Yegon noted that access to water and electricity had been identified as key areas by the government as it seeks to make Kenya a medium sized economy by the year 2030.
“As a Non-Governmental Organization, we are working alongside the government towards the achievement of all the objectives as laid out in the Vision 2030 and availability of water for all is one of these objectives,” said Mr Yegon.
Area chief Rashid Abdallah said the development would provide the much needed relief to women in the area, who have to travel long distances daily in search of water for their families. Currently, the nearest source of water for the community is a borehole called Kamasai which is over five kilometers away. He added that the area has been suffering the effects of perennial water shortages.
According to Mr Abdallah, the majority of the Barut population live below the poverty line, owing to the lack of enough job opportunities and low levels of technology.
“Once the electrification of the area is complete, a lot of business will spring up and provide new career and employments for our young people. I have a lot of optimism over the project,” he said.
The project is expected to be ready for use by the end of March.
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