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Water board to provide clean water in schools

Lake Victoria South Water Services Board (LVSWSB) has set aside Sh22 million for provision of clean water to four primary schools in Siaya County, Managing Director Petronila Ogutu has said.

Ogutu said that the money will be used to sink boreholes and construct modern sanitation blocks in the selected schools.

She was speaking at Lifunga primary school in Ugenya sub county, Siaya County during the commissioning of the construction of a borehole at the institution.

Flanked by MP Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja) and immediate former Ugenya MP, Chris Karan and the board chairperson, Consolata Onguto, the chief executive officer said that her organization will spend Sh7, 000,000 on the Lifunga project that also includes construction of two sanitation blocks.

She said that a water kiosk will be put up to enable the local community benefit from the clean, portable water, adding the adjacent Lifunga girls secondary school will also benefit from the project.

Ogutu called on the local community to embrace the project that is expected to be complete within the next five months.

The MD said that the board was committed to ensuring that the residents of Ugenya and Ugunja constituencies access clean water, adding that a sh1.2 billion Ugunja -Ukwala water project to be funded by the government and the African Development Bank through the board will soon kick off.

Addressing the occasion, Wandayi and Karan hailed LVSWSB for its support to community initiatives, saying that a lot of efforts have been made to ensure residents access clean water.

Karan, whose election was recently nullified by the Supreme Court, said the Ugenya constituency development fund had set aside Sh2 million for sinking a borehole at the school for community service, but the money will now be used for another needy project.

“Both funds are from the national government and the CDF money will now be channeled to another project within the community,” he said.

By Philip Onyango

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