The County Government of Busia has taken over the management of Angurai Community Water Project in Teso North Sub County from World Vision Kenya (WVK) with a pledge to expand the infrastructure to benefit more residents of the region.
Speaking at Akolong Primary School in Angurai South Ward, Chief Officer in the department of Water and Natural Resources Moses Weunda said the department will realize her goal of supplying clean and safe water to County residents.
‘‘We appreciate the consistent infrastructural, technical and financial support that WV has input in the project. The Governor Sospeter Ojaamong is committed to ensuring that the project which we are taking over today is completed for the benefit and health of our people, ’he said.
Weunda assured the WV that the County Government was ready to expand the scope of the project from where they had left so as to eventually reach a target population of 65,000 consumers in the long run.
He added that the department of Water had already drilled boreholes at Rwatama and Ang’urai Markets, among others, which were already functional, adding that Rwatama borehole, gives 3cubic metres per hour.
The Chief Officer said the County Assembly had set aside a total of Ksh. 5million, part of which will be used to improve the new project.
WVK Associate Director Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Enock Oruko said that the objective of the water project was to ensure people and more so children access to clean and safe water for use adding that the success of this project which lies in Bungoma and Busia Counties will be a reference model on how inter-county partnerships can be harnessed.
Ang’urai South MCA Grace Olita thanked WVK for partnering with Busia County in funding the project and urged them to consider extending their contract in Busia even after 2021 when their time will elapse.
Ang’urai Community Water Project was started by WVK in Ang’urai Division in 2014 to the tune of Ksh.68million. It comprises the Malakisi Water Treatment Plant and 18 water kiosks which are spread across the division. The project targets to supply water to 65,000 users though so far only 21,000 have been reached.