Dutch Company to Supply Water in Kisumu Slums.
A Dutch Company has partnered with the Water Services Trust Fund and Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company to supply clean piped water to over 12, 000 residents of informal settlements in Kisumu.
The project dubbed Performance Enhancement for water Utilities in Kenya (PEWAK) targets the urban poor in Kisumu city.
Speaking during the commissioning of the project Vitens Evides International (VEI) Programmes manager Mrs. Lieke Nijik said 43 water points, three kiosks and 45 prepaid water meters have been installed in
The establishments, she said came into being through the funding of Sh. 19 million through Vitens Evides International (VEI) and an additional Sh. 11 million from Water Services Trust Fund.
An additional 3.5 kilometres of pipeline has also been put in place to enhance access to clean drinking water.
Nijik said more prepaid meters shall be supplied in the next phase of the project which she said shall go a long way in reducing cases of water borne diseases in the targeted areas.
Vitens Evides International (VEI) is a consortium of six Dutch water companies whose customers pay extra for the water they consume to promote such ventures around the world.
Water Services Trust Fund (WSTF) Chief Manager in charge of investments and programmes Mr. Willis Okello said the partnership with KIWASCO has seen major water projects that had collapsed revived.
He disclosed that for the last ten years, WSTF has funded KIWASCO to a tune of Sh. 54 million.
The PEWAK project, he said was a milestone since majority of the residents in informal settlements used to acquire the commodity from unscrupulous vendors and exorbitant prices and further exposing themselves to waterborne diseases.
The water, he said has been treated to international standards and will be sold as one shilling per jerican of twenty litres easing the burden of the consumers.
WSTF, he disclosed has given KIWASCO the green light to procure a Sh.96.2 million loan from Cooperative Bank to supply water to Riat area on the outskirts of Kisumu city.60 percent of the loan, he said shall be serviced by WSTF to enable KIWASCO channel funds to other projects in the area.
Governor Jack Ranguma who commissioned the projects said water was key in his manifesto adding that since he took office water supply in Kisumu city has risen to 72 percent against the national coverage which currently stands at 52 percent.
He said the project will go a long way in easing the burden of women who hitherto walked long distances in search for water.
Cases of waterborne diseases, he added are set to go down since the water being supplied in the informal settlements has been treated to international standards.
He said the project will also provide an opportunity for community groups to manage the facilities and empower themselves.
By Chris Mahandara