By county diary
On 22nd March each year, we mark World Water Day. We reflect on the progress made in tackling the numerous water challenges that affect so many people in the world today.
The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind.
This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.
As parts of the country and indeed the world grapple with water challenges, in Kitui county we too face our unique and fairly complex water inadequacies. Our geographical location condemns our land to prolonged periods without rainfall. The expansive nature of our land has compounded efforts to ensure that the little available water resource can be effectively and efficiently distributed to our people.
This is why in my campaign manifesto I made Food and Water the number one priority in my development agenda for our great and resilient Kitui people.
Over the last year and a half, we have put in place mitigation measures aimed at alleviating the pain and agony our people go through in search of this precious commodity. Using the available resources, we have rolled out programmes that will ensure our people especially women, do not spend inordinate amounts of time in search of water. Our ultimate goal is to greatly reduce the distance covered by citizens of the county to access water.
Immediately I assumed office I rolled out the Emergency water trucking programme that entails using county government water tankers to deliver water to residents in vulnerable areas, especially during drought seasons.
We have since rolled out other major interventions as follows:
1. Construction of 32 earth dams
2. Drilled 10 new boreholes
3. Rehabilitated and equipped 27 Boreholes
4. Laid down 42 new pipeline extensions totalling to 114 kilometres.
5. Constructed 77 new subsurface/sand dams
6. Installed 1062 plastic water tanks w. with a capacity of 10,000 litres to institutions (ECDE, Primary and Secondary schools, Vocational centres, Health centres/dispensaries).
7. Constructed a 500,000 litres corrugated steel storage tank in Yatta/ Kwa Vonza
Ongoing Water Projects
1. Construction of 7 new earth dams
2. Laying of 7 new pipelines 3.Construction of a 500,000 litres corrugated steel storage tank in Mutomo.
Through a strategic approach of water harvesting, storage and distribution we will reduce the distance our people cover to fetch water.