Residents of the Garsen constituency are a happy lot after World Vision jointly with the County Government of Tana River commissioned the Idsowe water supply system, funded by USAID.
The residents have been grappling with water problems for years and the new project will supplement the department of water which is still relying on the old Garsen and Ngao water supply stations to serve the ever-increasing population.
“The water pans are full, thanks to the recent rains. We now have enough water for home use, livestock, and irrigating crops. Our life is better now since we will no longer get sick from the dirty water. Our animals and crops will also survive,” says Martin, a beneficiary.
According to World Vision, the projects rely on rainwater harvesting in water pans. The collected water then flows into a treatment tank before being released through a pipeline to water dispensing kiosks that will meet communities’ needs until the next rainy season.
Tana River has been inundated with complaints from the residents as a result of systemic water disconnections.
Tana Water and Sanitation Company (TAWASCO) acting Managing Director, William Jillo, hailed the support they have been receiving from non-governmental organizations.
By Sadik Hassan