Busia County Government has unveiled plans to conserve catchment areas and protect existing dams, County Executive Committee Member for Water, Environmental and Natural Resources Dr Isaac Alukwe has said.
Addressing county’s technical stakeholders on issues of water during the lunch of the 2015-2030 Water Master Plan at Camunya Hotel in Ugunja Thursday, Dr Alukwe said the Master Plan will identify and address the challenges the water department is facing in its bid to provide water to the county residents.
“We are expecting to see an analysis on existing dams and how the sediment transport is likely to affect them. This is very important in strategizing on how to plan and develop catchment conservations for protecting our dams,” he said.
Dr Alukwe said that out of the Master Plan the ground water map will be drawn to assist in determining areas suitable for drilling water to avoid situations where ‘ water boreholes are drilled all over ,” that the county has in the previous wasted a lot of money to drill water on unsuitable areas.
“It should be clear in the county where do we expect to have good yields of the ground water,” Dr Alukwe who was accompanied by his Chief Officer Moses Weunda, added.
He took on contrators who are yet to complete their projects warning that their contracts would be terminated if they will not have completed their work within three months.
County Director water services Joseph Olubero said Busia has a lot of water resources but has not been fully exploited, noting that the Master Plan will help to develop water both domestic and waste water services.