At least 90, 000 residents of Konoin are set to benefit from a Sh380 million water project being implemented by the county in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross.
The Chebang’ang water supply project under the second phase of the Bomet Integrated Development Plan (BIDP) now comes as a big relief to the residents from the three neighbouring wards of Boito Chepchabas and Kimulot in the area.
In 2016, Red Cross entered into an agreement with the county to undertake a three- year Sigor water supply project in Chepalungu under the first phase of the plan which is now serving up to 40, 000 people. The next phase of the project will be implemented in 2027.
The implementation of the project will involve water works at intake, treatment and distribution works.
“Upon completion of this project, we shall have solved the water challenge hence covering up to 70 percent of the sub county and this shows our commitment to fulfilling our promises to the people,” said Governor Hillary Barchok during the launch of the project.
Speaking at the project site yesterday, Dr. Barchok said the project was expected to be completed in the next one year hence addressing the water challenge which has over the years been a problem to the residents.
“This is in line with our manifesto of ensuring there is water for all so that we ease the burden on especially women who trek long distances to fetch clean water for their domestic uses,” he said.
The project, he stated, would be done in phases with the second phase
set to cover the remaining two wards.
Dr. Barchok further pointed out that although the project would serve many residents of Konoin, most areas in the county still faced the challenge of scarcity of the commodity and that his government would engage more partners so that a larger population of residents benefit.
Mr. Idriss Ahmed from Red Cross said their aim is to ensure there is improved access to clean water by the residents for domestic and agricultural use.
By Joseph Obwocha