Provision of clean water is expected to improve in Uasin Gishu after the county government allocated water the largest share of the monetary pie in the 2019/ 2020 Financial Year.
The plan to increase financial allocation to water provision was seeded from the previous year, a project seeking to succeed Governor Jackson Mandago’s promise of ensuring all households get clean water. Uasin Gishu County currently experiences a shortage of 20 million litres daily.
But speaking yesterday when he presided over the launch of the drilling of Ng’atit Water Project in Ainabkoi Sub-County, Governor Mandago hinted that water has been given financial muscle in the new financial year.”
This budget that we are passing in our county, we are putting much emphasis on water because we want everyone to get water,” said the second term Governor. He went on, “I promised that everyone will get water, the advantage that town dwellers have in terms of access to water will also be the case in the grassroots.”
Governor Mandago reiterated that water is an enabler and will in this case help in irrigation for diversification, farmers to take milk to coolers with the growth of dairy farming and other practices that will hinge economic growth.”My Government bought these machines so that we can drill water at our convenience, only incurring costs of fuel,” added Mandago.Member of Parliament for Ainabkoi William Chepkut was in attendance.
Water and Environment County Executive Mary Njogu said the project will supply water for up to 300 households besides schools.”Several other projects in Ainet, Chepkongony, Kerka, Katuiyo, Kipsinende, Elegarin, are some of the other projects in Kaptagat Ward,” said the CeC.She added that the dams desilting process earmarked two reservoirs as a starter, as the department aims to fulfill the Governor’s legacy of connecting all households to water.
CECs Eng. Gideon Birir (Roads), CPA Julius Ruto (Finance) and Chief Officer for Water Simeon Kemei were also present in the event.Eldoret Water Sanitation Company (ELDOWAS) Chairman Andrew Chelogoi said for the last 15 years, Eldoret Town has not been able to meet the water needs for the residents thereby occasioning frequent water rationing.He indicated that they are currently working on expanding four water sources that will see Uasin Gishu become a water surplus county.
“Water rationing has been as a result of demand exceeding our production due to the rapid expansion of Eldoret town and exponential growth of the population of Uasin Gishu County,” said Mr Chelogoi. Mr Chelogoi said with the Two Rivers Mega Dam fully operational, a total of an additional 70, 000 cubic meters of water will be added to the systems per day.
Most of the locals in Eldoret town, except for essential institutions like Hospitals get water between three to four days in a week due to the rationing.