The Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) has launched a giant water project estimated at 8 million shillings in the water-scarce part of Tiaty West sub-county, which will serve over 3,000 households and a secondary school.
Speaking at the official launch of the Kolowa Secondary School field project on Wednesday, KVDA Chairman Mark Chesergon said the borehole sought to address the drought and water deficit in the area as well. faced with the challenge of insecurity.
Chesergon, accompanied by senior officials, said the Kolowa borehole was one of the drought mitigation programs the organization is undertaking in five ASAL counties of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, Turkana and Samburu.
“The drilling of this borehole will start immediately after which we will install a solar pumping machine and construct water troughs which will serve the livestock of the neighboring community,” the KVDA boss said.
He said they are prioritizing the location of the site to be at the school as it is the one that needs the most water and the fact that they can manage it better.
Chesergon, who distributed 100 mango seedlings as a means of adopting a conservation farming method, urged residents to keep the peace, especially along common borders, noting that the organization, for example, in in recent years has had difficulty accessing the lower parts of the Kerio Valley region.
“Because of this insecurity, our officers have not been able to build the capacity of farmers on best agricultural practices and implement various activities of planned projects like agriculture at Chepkum Farm which has been abandoned. due to bandit attacks,” he said.
The school’s acting deputy principal, Miriam Mengich, in her remarks, hailed the borehole project saying it will solve a water crisis at the school that has been their main concern for many years.
Mengich noted that students at the mixed high school end up wasting a lot of time after class and in the morning fetching water to wash up.
“Drilling the borehole will be a huge boost for our school as our students normally fetch water from a lager which is 3 kilometers away and in doing so a lot of time is wasted in addition to fetching water. dirty and polluted water,” she said.
The deputy director also said that buying water has remained a very costly affair as it consumes a lot of money which could be spent on noble programs.
Head of Kolowa location, Benjamin Keseten, praised KVDA for launching the project in the area, adding that the availability of water will enable students at the school who enroll students mainly from war-torn Pokot communities. , Marakwet and Tugen to fully concentrate on their studies.
Keseten revealed that it was difficult on his part to coordinate with the school administration to have some members of the community monitor the students while they fetch water from the dangerous river.
School committee member Jane Lourien said the water supply would in turn boost school performance and improve hygiene.
She said water is important especially for cooking and for use especially by girls enrolled in school who need to wash regularly.
By Benson Kelio and Joshua Kibet