It was a sigh of relief for Marachi North residents in Butula Sub County on Saturday when water started flowing freely following the Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources move to start repairing 175 KEFINCO boreholes which broke down across the county.
The decision to embark on repair of hand pumps in each of the 35 wards followed the intervention of Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi on behalf of H.E the Governor Sospeter Ojaamong to coordinate with the department of water to ensure repairs and maintenance of hand pumps across the county is done as a means of alleviating the drought situation.
Residents of Sigulu village and pupils of St Mary’s Butula Girls Primary School in Marachi North Ward thanked the County Government for the bold move it undertook to repair the boreholes.
“The boreholes had remained dysfunctional for the last one year, forcing us to trek for over three kilometres in search of water. What a relief to us,” said a resident and student Michelle Awino.
Butula Girls standard seven pupils said their hand pump broke down over a week ago forcing them to look for alternative sources at the Butula mission.
Butula Girls Primary School head Eglay Mukonzo said water scarcity had persisted since the beginning of January; “I am happy that my girls who spent much of their time looking for water can now concentrate on their studies.”
Butula Sub County Administrator Caroline Oduor thanked the Governor H.E Ojaamong and deputy governor Moses Mulomi for their concerted efforts in having broken KEFINCO boreholes repaired.
The Department of water has also taken stopgap measures to avail water to institutions and markets as it looks for permanent solution to end water crisis in the county through local source and development partners.