Vihiga County is set to benefit from major water and sanitation programme targeting improvements for Water Supply and Sanitation Services in the greater Vihiga County and the neighboring Kisumu County – Maseno University.
The proposed gravity system shall cover the entire Vihiga cluster, mainly the area of coverage of Amatsi Water Services Company Limited (AWASCO) including Maseno, Mbale, Kaimosi,Sosiani and Vihiga Water supplies which currently serves about 30,912 people and its targeted to improve service to the schemes and serve about 60% of the total households in the schemes’ service areas.
Currently, the three schemes (Mbale, Maseno, Kaimosi) have pumping stations for the conveyance of water whose sources are rivers have full treatment plants while Sosiani and Vihiga draw their water from protected spring and therefore have partial treatment that involves nominal chlorine dosing.
The indigenous people of Kapcherop Division, Elgeyo Marakwet County, the Sengwers, are set to benefit from a major water supply project courtesy of Lake Victoria North Water Services Board. The Kapcherop Water Supply project estimated to cost over Kshs 108 million has been funded jointly by the World Bank and the Government of the Republic of Kenya, through the Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources under the Water and Sanitation Services Improvement Programme, additional financing (WaSSIP II).
The project which is mainly target the Sengwers, indigenous people of Kapcherop, is expected to be rolled out any time before the year ends.
The project comes hot on the heels of the Kapcherop Kapsowar Water Supply project which was recently completed under the first phase of the Water and Sanitation Improvement Project (WaSSIP I). However, due to elevation challenge, the first project could not serve the people living upstream of the project area where majority of indigenous people, the Sengwers live. In order to address their water demands, the Lake Victoria North Water Services Board, together with the leadership of the community sourced for additional funding for extension of the services to cover settlement clusters.