GDC water eases life for lo­cals

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - COUNTY - BY FLORAH KOECH

The Geother­mal De­vel­op­ment Com­pany’s (GDC) de­ci­sion to sup­ply piped water to the far-flung ar­eas in Ti­aty has trans­formed the lives of more than 60,000 peo­ple.

It has also helped tame the peren­nial cat­tle rustling and ram­pant ban­ditry at­tacks in the re­gion oc­ca­sioned by the scram­ble for the lim­ited re­source.

The com­pany, which is cur­rently prospect­ing in the re­gion, sup­plies piped water from Lake Baringo to re­mote ar­eas more than 120 kilo­me­tres away. Among the vil­lages that have ben­e­fited are Ko­mo­lion, Riong’o, Naudo, Ak­wichatis, Chep­un­gus, Paka and Na­sorot.

When the toured the ar­eas last week, women were wash­ing clothes and bathing their chil­dren at the wa­ter­ing points, a wel­come ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple who pre­vi­ously fetched a 20 litre jer­ri­can nearly 50 and used it strictly for cook­ing.

A res­i­dent, Mr Kipchumba Tuikel, said the piped water is a great bless­ing.

“It is a mir­a­cle that we are here dur­ing this dry spell. In the past, we would have mi­grated to neigh­bour­ing Baringo South Sub-county or even Turkana County in search of water for our live­stock,” he said.

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