The County Government of Tana River has commenced the drilling of boreholes as part of its drought response.
The County targets to drill five boreholes in Ngao, Gururi, Waldena, and Lakole locations. Residents have been forced to trek for long distances in search of water, as most water pans have dried up.
Speaking in Ngao village, the Acting Manager of Tana River Water and Sewerage Company (TAWASCO), William Jillo, said the Drought Response Committee, has set aside Sh30 million for the water sector.
The drilling of borehole exercise is set to be completed in two weeks, already the work at Ngao water supply station is underway. The Station which was commissioned in 1975 has received a boost.
It usually relies on water from the River Tana that normally dries up in the area during drought season. The Ngao Station serves more than 3,000 families in Ngao village and its vicinities. The station currently can supply 1000 M3 per day.
“We have started in Ngao water supply since the river in this area sometimes dries up. The boreholes will be equipped with solar pump and the water will be pumped to the water supply station,” said Ag. Manager of TAWSCO.
He further added that they have purchased 30 tanks with capacities of 10,000 litres. They will distribute the tanks to villages for water storage.
Bonaya Mikaya, resident of Ngao, said, “To say the truth this project came at the right time, we are facing drought as a County. It will supplement the water we are receiving in our location.”
Alinisha Mayowa, extolled the County Government for the timely intervention. “We have been experiencing systemic water shortages. It will also serve neighbour locations like Tarasaa, Holbante, Kipao and Odha, who also depend on water from Ngao,”she said.
By Sadik Hassan