February 1, 2024 (Public Communication and Media Relations)
Residents of Turkana East are set to benefit from improved water services following the upgrade of water access infrastructure at Lokicheda, Katamanak, and Lopii undertaken by the County Government in collaboration with various partners.
The Chief Officer for Water Services, David Maraka confirmed that the upgrade included borehole rehabilitation, maintenance of elevated tanks, test pumping, and improvement of cattle troughs.
“I must, however, acknowledge that further interventions are required to make the services more accessible and sustainable. That is why we will undertake the fencing of solar panel stands, piping to the community, and protection of the elevated tanks,” explained the Chief Officer.
With the support of the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), the Lokicheda borehole that was initially equipped with a hand pump is now solarized. Two water kiosks have also been constructed to benefit the area’s residents.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) supported the Katamanak project and delivered a borehole.
At Lopii, Global Partner supported the rehabilitation of the borehole by unclogging the system to a new depth of 60 metres and lowering the submersible pump to a point that allowed the best possible results.
The assessment was conducted by the Turkana East Sub County water team led by Henry Eipa.