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New water project to reduce residents travel distance to access water

New water project to reduce residents travel distance to access water

Turkana,

Monday April 8 2024,

KNA by Peter Gitonga

A new water project in Ngimugerega, Lopur Ward, aims to reduce pressure on the Kalopusia water point, which currently serves communities within 20-30 kilometers.

The County Government, through the Department of Water Services, has handed over the site for the new water project.

The location of the Ngimugerega water project as it is strategic to the pastoralists’ major migratory routes in the area.

The project cost Ksh. 5.5 million and is scheduled for completion at the end of this financial year.

The planned undertaking includes borehole drilling, solarisation, and the construction of a water kiosk together with a 10,000 M3 plastic tank.

The handover certificate was presented to the contractor at Ngimugerega by Eng Reinhard Wanjala, of the planning and design unit in the presence of the village administrator and a representative of the MCA Lopur Ward.

Before the handover, a meeting was held with local leadership and the contractor, where the County Executive of Water Services Faith Aletea highlighted the Ngimugerega project as one of the 36 projects slated for completion across Turkana in the current financial year.

The CECM emphasized the urgency of the project, directing the contractor to mobilize resources and complete it within the stipulated time to ensure water availability for residents.

The County Executive stressed adherence to standard guidelines and operating procedures, warning of consequences for the contractor’s failure to comply.

Upon completion, the project is expected to foster harmonious relations between host and refugee communities in neighbouring Kakuma and Lopur Wards.

At the same time, it will serve the needs of nomadic pastoralists along the Turkana North-Lopur-Lokichoggio-Nanam migratory routes.

Present were officers from the county government among them, Clare Kiyonga (procurement), Veronica Kamaro (Finance), Nancy Locham (Village Administrator), and Simon Lobuin (Turkana West Water Inspection Officer).

Courtesy; KNA

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