Sh2bn stor­age to end Man­dera wa­ter cri­sis

Will help end hu­man-an­i­mal con­flict

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - LEWIS NYAUNDI @X_nyaun­diH

Man­dera res­i­dents will have ac­cess to tapped wa­ter once the Sh2.8 bil­lion stor­age pro­ject is com­pleted in April next year, county of­fi­cials have said.

The pro­ject is a part­ner­ship be­tween the Man­dera gov­ern­ment and the African De­vel­op­ment Bank.

County wa­ter chief Mo­hamud Is­sack yes­ter­day said the fa­cil­ity will pro­vide wa­ter to more than 69,000 house­holds.

“The fa­cil­ity will be in­stru­men­tal in end­ing the wa­ter cri­sis and the hu­man-an­i­mal con­flict,” he said.

El­wak town will be the first county to get wa­ter. Many peo­ple have died of wa­ter­borne dis­eases for lack of clean wa­ter.

“We are de­ter­mined to put to an end the agony of wa­ter­borne dis­eases and pro­vide the com­mu­nity with fresh drink­ing wa­ter be­cause the wa­ter here is too salty,” Mo­hamud said.

He said the county will use track­ing tech­nol­ogy to iden­tify ar­eas with fresh wa­ter.

Bulla Haji is one of the towns in Man­dera East iden­ti­fied for con­nec­tion to tapped wa­ter.

“All the other cen­tres from Bor­der Point 1 to Hareri have sim­i­lar wa­ter projects,” Mo­hamud said.

He said the county will drill 18 bore­holes and con­struct 27 dams across the county.

Mo­hamud said re­verse os­mo­sis will be used in El­wak and War­gadud to end the re­cur­ring wa­ter prob­lem.

Man­dera res­i­dents have pre­vi­ously had to trek to El­wak – 120km away – to get clean wa­ter.

The hu­man-an­i­mal cri­sis has been a huge prob­lem in Man­dera, with many res­i­dents be­ing in­jured.


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