The community in Nyanchonori had been struggling to deal with scarcity of water in the region for several years. Through the intervention of the county administration in 2013, the residents decided to pursue their agenda in public participation forums. They searched and found a piece of land that was purchased by Hopewell Keroka Alliance (HKA), a non-governmental organization.
(In the Photo: Mr. Akama and Sandra Morangi, Sub County Communication Officer in a random homestead water check)
Nyanchonori-Keroka Hopewell borehole project is situated in Rigoma ward under Masaba North Sub County. This project was proposed under the new programmes that were to be done in the then 2013-2017 County Integrated Development Plan. It was constructed by the County government in partnership with Hopewell Keroka Alliance. The project was commissioned for use in March 2017.
During our site visit we met Mr. Rodgers Akama who is the chairman of Nyanchonori water committee. He explained to us on the day to day activities of the system. The borehole which is 200 meters deep uses both solar and electrical systems in its operations. It takes three hours to fill 20,000 litres. There are four water kiosks used to supply the community with the commodity.
“We have connected 24 standard meters to various households but we need more to cover the entire region. This will enable us to start charging residents for sustainability and maintenance of this project. To do this, our committee is planning to do several meetings to create awareness to our people on the need to pay for water bills. ” Mr. Akama emphasized.
They say water is life. This can be seen in the cheerful faces of residents in the area. They can now cook with clean water which has reduced the rates of waterborne diseases like typhoid and cholera, they do not have to travel long distances to fetch water for their domestic animals and it has improved the living standards in terms of their general hygiene.
Mrs. Olpha Angwenyi, a farmer and resident in the area is an elated woman when we come across her. “We have grown fatter with fewer wrinkles because we can now prepare nutritious meals and drink fresh clean water” She praises the project.
The water committee requests the administration for more water kiosks, tower tanks and battery that will help them in storing solar power which will in turn reduce the electricity costs incurred.
Improvement of water and sanitation infrastructure is the key to ensuring food security, good health and improved sanitation, irrigation for the agriculture activities and livestock production. All these are key ingredients for success stories for the county administration especially for the people in this region that is so dependent in farming to make ends meet.
This project is a clear indication as to what can be achieved when communities through public participation put their heads together to come up with an idea that create solutions to their problems