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Residents Overjoyed After Launch of Water Project to Restore Supply

After 10 years without water in their taps, residents of four residential estates within Homa Bay town now have a reason to smile after the county government restored the supply of the precious commodity.

The residents of Kapita, Makongeni, Got Rabuor and Rangwena will now enjoy safe and clean water for drinking and domestic use through the water project.

Water supply to these areas was through the taps that were connected to the county government’s water supply reticulation but have over the years remained disconnected as a result of dilapidated infrastructure.

Through the support of Dunea, a Netherlands Water Supply Company, the county was able to repair the infrastructure to ensure the residents have water flowing back in their taps.

Governor Gladys Wanga who launched the four water points today, said her administration is still committed to its promise to ensure constant water supply to the urban population.

“We are aiming for 100 percent water connectivity to all urban households. In collaboration with HOMAWASCO, we will ensure that all the pipes are repaired to prevent leakages leading to lack of water in most areas,” said the governor.

Governor Wanga urged the residents to take care of the water project to prevent any inconveniences that may prevent the water points from running efficiently.

The Managing Director of Homa Bay Water and Sanitation Company (HOMAWASCO), Tom Nyonji stated that they are now able to reach a production capacity of 10,530 cubic meters per day with a target of 2,500 people.

He however noted that the company has a challenge in the storage of water before its supply to the households.

“The water reticulation is all year round in every household. We have a programme in collaboration with the national government that will enable us to curb the challenges of storage and rehabilitation of lines,” he added.

Dr. Joash Aloo, the County Executive Committee Member in charge of Water and Sanitation noted that vandalism and non-revenue water pose the biggest challenge in water supply.

He urged residents to keep watch on the infrastructure adding, “Take charge of the water points and report any non-proper use or mishandling of the infrastructure to ensure efficiency and sustainable water supply.”

By Marren Ochieng and Sitna Omar



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