Joy for Kajiado residents as KES 5.4 M water project is launched
20 July 2016, 16:01
Kajiado - Residents of Kajiado east sub-County are a happy lot after a KES 5.4 million water project funded by a non- governmental organization was commissioned in the region.
Area MP, Peris Tobiko commissioned the Esselenkei Community Safe Water project which was funded by Grundfos Foundation and implemented by Water Missions Kenya.
Speaking during the function yesterday, Tobiko said the constituency leadership will work closely with humanitarian aid organizations that strive to make live easier for members of the public.
“We encourage more NGO’s to come and assist the constituents. They can count on my personal support and that of my office, as what they are doing complements our efforts and that of the government,” explained the MP.
The main water project plant is situated at the Esselenkei school compound with solar panels, a pump and the main treatment plant being on a small building in the site.
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The unit is designed to serve 4,000 people and 6,000 livestock. It is equipped with a pump with a capacity of 20,000 litres per day, saving the residents from walking for long distances to look for the important commodity.
Three separate water points have been constructed for use, with the main one for the teachers and pupils set up next to the classrooms. There is one for livestock and yet another one for members of the public near the school compound.
Speaking to News24, Moses Ng’ania the Water Missions Kenya County Director said the residents will be charged a small fee for drawing water from the project for their personal use and for their animals.
“Each household will pay KES 100 per month for water that is used for their domestic purposes. For each animal they will be charged KES 3 any time the animal gets water,” he said.
“The same money will ploughed back to the project and used for maintenance, treatment of the water and paying those who will be manning the project,” explained Ng’ania, who added that the community now owns the project.
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