Feasibility study for the multi-million Nambale and Busia Towns sewerage systems has kicked off with Kiri Consult Limited to undertake the project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The consultant was procured by the Ministry of Water through Rift Valley Water Service Board on behalf of LVWSB.
Teresa Mbogo from the Kiri Consult Ltd said the feasibility study to take one year will include: Inception report, feasibility study and preliminary designs, environmental and social impact assessment and resettlement action plan, detailed design report, tender documentation, and the engineers cost estimates.
Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi, who presided over the introductory meeting at the Water offices on Wednesday, urged AfDB to include the water element in the sewerage project that has 25 years lifespan.
“Water scarcity is the major challenge facing residents of Busia County, thus the need to include water component. With all these water components in place we shall acquire a comprehensive water system supply that will play a big role in the realization of the Big Four Agenda,” he said.
The Deputy Governor encouraged the use of gravity scheme system of pumping water to cut on the prohibitive electricity costs.
Eng. Philip Kimeli from RVWSB said the projects are funded by the AfDB in partnership with the County and National Governments, RVWSB, LVNWSB and LVSWB, adding that the projects are being done in clusters of three; Rift Valley, Lake Victoria South and North with Rift Valley cluster having 17 projects including four in Busia County.
County Executive Committee member for water and sanitation Dr. Isaac Alukwe said all these efforts are geared towards improving water supply and sewerage systems in the county.
“We have to make efforts to raise our coverage and match other major towns. This is in regard to the clear picture on the water component in the county,” he said, adding that the projects will benefit county residents.
Dr. Alukwe said public participation is a key component in terms projects ownership and compensation of the families affected and called on a right community entry strategy to be applied in the process to avoid any kind of resistance.
The meeting was attended by Members of the County Assembly from areas that will benefit from the project. They are Mwajuma Toloi (Nambale Township Ward), James Ongole (Ang’orom), and Moses Ochieng (Burumba)