Tullow Kenya boosts Turkana county with Sh18m water project

Residents of Kataboi location in Turkana North will benefit from free access to water, after Tullow Kenya  handed to them Sh18 million project on Thursday. The water project consists of a 130m deep, yielding 45,000 cubic liters of water per hour, a solar powered submersible pump borehole and a 20,000 litre storage tank. It is expected to benefit over 5,000 residents.

The borehole will provide water to nearby public institutions including the Kataboi Health Centre, Kataboi Primary and a nearby girls’ secondary school respectively. Tullow Kenya Country Manager Martin Mbogo said the project suits the company’s broader commitment of investing in social projects cutting across health, education, alternative livelihoods and capacity building.

“During our previous engagements with the local community, poor access to safe drinking water was identified as a challenge for the community,” said Mr Mbogo. “Tullow is therefore proud that through a working partnership with the local community, the area leadership as well as both the national and county governments, we have worked together to solve this challenge.”

The handover comes less than six months after Tullow handed over a similar project worthy Sh16million to residents of Komusia and Nalemkais villages in southern Turkana. The company also plans to do other water projects in Kerio-Turkana Centra, Kokito-Turkana South, Kanga’akimaki -Turkana East, Lokori-Turkana East, Lokitoang’aber, Lotubae, and Katilia. Tullow Kenya has spend Sh400 million in social investment projects this year. 

—James Wanzala

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