GDC water eases life for locals
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.