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Water tank installation benefits Turkana residents

More than 500 families residing in Methewan village in Kanamkemer ward, Turkana Central Sub-County have benefitted from a joint installation of water tank by the County Department of Water Services and Blessed Community Empowerment a local Community Based Organization in a bid to ease the problem of water access in the area.

The installation which was handed over to the leadership of the area’s Water Users Association on behalf of the local community will increase water availability to the families residing in the area.

The program officer for Blessed Community Empowerment, Paul Erukudi, said that the donation was meant to improve the resilience of women and open up more opportunities for them to take part in alternative economic activities given the reduced time spent searching for water.

“Our organization will continue to partner with the County Government and other organizations to raise the profile of local women and girls through the formation of village-based Savings and Loans groups while at the same time prioritizing access to social amenities,” said Erukudi.

Acting Water Services Assistant Director Paul Lotum, said the move was a strategic intervention by the County Government in respect to reticulation of the Waters of the Napuu project which serves the area.

“The involvement of the Blessed Community Empowerment CBO in delivering a complete water storage system fully mounted on a stand and fitted with control valves for monitoring intake and off-take of water by the community is a huge achievement,” said Lotum.

He called on the locals to be on the lookout for unscrupulous persons with intentions to vandalize the system given the rapid urbanization of the area and increasing cases of theft and vandalism in the area.

Area ward administrator Imadis Ekuleu called on the local community to report vandals for immediate action.

By Peter Gitonga

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