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Borehole saves pupils, residents from long treks

Pupils from Milimani Primary School in Samburu Central Sub County will no longer trek for hours in search of clean water after a borehole was drilled in their school using Sh2 million ward fund.

Speaking Monday after officially launching the borehole, Samburu County Executive Committee Member (CEC) for Water Peter Lolmodooni said that the borehole, to be used by pupils and area residents, would be easy to maintain because a solar system has been installed to pump water rather than a fuel powered generator.

He urged residents to form a water user’s committee which would be mandated to take care of the borehole and ensure it is not vandalized.

“The committee members will be trained on how to manage the project and they will get sensitization all the time. This is to ensure that county government projects are sustainable and benefit residents for a long time,” he said.

The school’s Headmaster Julius Lenolkiok said that the pupils had to walk for five kilometers to fetch dirty water from a water pan exposing them to waterborne diseases.

“Issues of hygiene will improve in the school especially now that we have to wash hands to avoid COVID-19,” he said.

Esther Lentilalu, a resident of Milimani said that their children would now be able to concentrate on school work since they would no longer fetch water after school.

“We were always at risk because wild animals drink at the same water pan but now clean water is just a few meters away,” she said.

By Robert Githu

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