West Pokot residents to benefit from Sh90 million water project

A woman quenches her thirst from the Nasal Water Project in West Pokot which serves more than 4,000 households. [File, Standard]

Residents of West Pokot County will soon get a reprieve after the government launched a Sh90 million water project.

Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Principal Secretary Julius Korir launched the Muruny Chepareria water project that is expected to serve more than 50,000 households in Chepareria, Kipkimo, Senetwa and Ywalateke.

Residents who have been trekking for long distances in search of the commodity will now benefit from the project that is expected to produce 3,000 cubic meters of water per day.

Speaking during the launch, Korir emphasissed the importance of the initiative in mitigating waterborne diseases in the county.

He explained that utilisation of a gravity system will ensure the sustainability of the essential lifeline, providing a reliable water source for residents.

"The Ministry will continue partnering with other counties in developing similar projects to improve water and sanitation coverage across the country," the PS said.

The water project is funded by Water Sector Trust Fund and West Pokot county government to ensure universal access to water and dignified sanitation.

Korir underscored the need for enhanced governance in counties and the reduction of non-revenue water levels in water utilities to attract funding for development initiatives.

The impact of such projects, he said, extends far beyond infrastructure, fostering economic growth and improving the quality of life for residents.

West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin lauded the initiative saying, "access to clean and safe water is fundamental for every resident of our county."

He said his administration has prioritised sustainable water management and community engagement to ensure that no citizen is left behind in the quest for basic amenities.

Governor Kachapin thanked the European Union, Water Sector Trust Fund and Kapenguria Water and Sewerage Company for support and collaboration in realising the project.

Area MP Samuel Moroto, lauded efforts by stakeholders in the project.  "The inauguration marks a significant step towards achieving water security and improved sanitation," he said.

A section of local residents welcomed the government’s commitment to ensure steady supply of water to curb sanitation challenges.

"The project addresses the pressing needs of communities and fosters inclusive growth. Our children will be healthy and will be taking clean water," said Rebecca Cheptoo from Serewo. 

"With continued collaboration and dedication, the vision of universal access to clean water and dignified sanitation is becoming a reality for all," said Rajab Chombus.