CLEAN AND ACCESSIBLE WATER IN LAIKIPIA COUNTY
In Laikipia County the department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources decides to be a water secure county in a clean, safe and sustainable environment.
In reference to governors manifesto the department mission is to provide adequate safe water and sanitation services in a sustainable natural environment. The water sectors in the county compose of the following directorate;
-Water and sanitation directorate
-Water and Sanitation Companies (NAWASCO and NYAHUWASCO)
-Environment and Natural Resources Directorate
Among the main projects, Muramati borehole was drilled on May 2018 and is still on-going. The department also targets to construct 5 big dams in various wards starting with Solio, in line with the governors manifesto.
The contract for the Solio Water Project, was officially signed on 5th November 2018. The project aims at serving seven villages in Tigithi ward. The county government partnered with the Water Trust Sector Fund (WTSF), the main funder of the 150 million water project and Nanyuki Water and Sanitation Company (NAWASCO). The beneficiaries of the project are distributed as follows: Furaha 420 plots, Rehema 587 plots, Bahati 517 plot, Tetu 511 plots, Mathingira 226 plots, Makadamia 428 plots and Baraka 295 plots. The villages have a population of 19,850 individuals, 11,040 grade cows, 22,380 goats, a health center and 7 primary schools with an estimated population of 2240 pupils and 2 secondary schools with 160 students among other beneficiaries.
The project is going to help the residence living there in many ways especially in economic activities. The major sector of economy includes; agriculture, forestry, mining, manufacturing, and energy resource extraction. Through these sectors the availability of water will boost the Solio residence and countys economy.
There will be creation of jobs, where people are going to be productive and, in the process, eradicate poverty in the county. It will also boost production in agricultural products, the high yield in crop production which will assist in availability of market. Standard of living will be improving due to the economic growth and it will also enhance good transport in the ward.
Clean and accessible water will help improve education in Solio area; where pupils will access enough water for their own consumption, it will also improve on health; help in maximizing physical performance of the residents and in irrigation which will increase crop production in the area. The economic growth in trade and industry in Solio area will raise where people engage in business activities and manufacturing of products from their farms, which will lead to creation of jobs to many young people and eliminate poverty.
These are the completed water project as from 31st December 2018, Equipping of the Muramati secondary school borehole in Segera ward which will help the student get plenty of water for consumption, tree planting and other constructive use within and outside the school.
In Marmanet ward these are the completed projects; Repairing and servicing of Tandare borehole, supply of pipes and fitting for Kiriti water project. This being a new beginning to the people of Marmanet ward, where there will be creation of jobs in the area i.e. farming being the main project for them.
Rehabilitation of Nyahururu dump site in Igwamiti ward is now complete. Nyahururu being one of our major town need to be free from any type of bacteria or poor disposal of waste. Proper waste disposal is critical due to the fact that certain types of wastes can be hazardous and can contaminate the environment if not handled properly. These types of can cause disease or get in to water supplies.
In Thingithu ward, the drilling of Baraka dispensary borehole is now complete. Water being essential component in health facilities the department of water, environment and natural resources try in as much as possible to make the dispensary a water secure facility. Repairing and servicing of the Ol-moran borehole is also another complete project.
One of the activities the ministry has scheduled is the on-going rural water supply and sanitation development scheme in some of the wards. This is to ensure that piped water from surrounding boreholes is properly distributed and accessible to the community and schools. The project will also involve rehabilitation, drilling, equipping of boreholes, desilting and repairing of dams. The department also intends to plant trees for land reclamation purpose where we can conserve water, preserving soil and supporting wildlife.
The tree planting activity started during the World Wetlands Day which was hosted in Laikipia county theme being wetlands and climate change. In laikipia county we have Ewaso narok (marura) swamp which was formed after the confluence of Ewaso Narok river and pesi river. Achannel was constructed on the north western edge of the swamp running the entire length of the swamp. Several other seasonal streams drain into the swamp making it a wetland throughout the year. During the dry season, the wetlands act as the only livestock watering and grazing ground for the surrounding communities as its an important water retention facility for the Ewaso Ngiro River.
Ewaso Narok (marura) swamp has all the valuable aspects of ecological, social and cultural values. Which include; supply of water for domestic use by the people living adjacent to the wetland, controls floods by regulating storm water flow, filters water as it traps sediments and other pollutants in water, provide hand-craft and thatching materials to local community boosting their economy, aid in climate change adaptation and recharge underground water systems.