Kalokol town gets water

 

Governor Nanok drinks water while having a chat with water CEC Beatrice Askul and Water C.O Paul Ekutan.

Governor Nanok drinks water while having a chat with water CEC Beatrice Askul and Water C.O
Paul Ekutan.

BY ROBERT KARIUKI KALOKOL, TURKANA CENTRAL

The recently commissioned Kalokol water supply project is expected to provide piped water to an estimated 15,000 people. The project worth Sh. 2 million involved the drilling of a borehole, constructing a rising main of 420 metres from the source to the tank, with 2 generators of 18 KVA.

Kalokol residents have a water demand of 300,000 litres per day with each of the 15,000 residents getting a minimum of 20 litres per day.
Residents of the water-scarce area have welcomed the project. The borehole has a yield of 18,000 litres per hour and with 16 hours of pumping then 288,000 litres of water will be supplied per day, the water will be stored in a steel tank with a capacity of 144,000 litres thus it will be filled twice a day.
Governor Josphat Nanok while commissioning the project described it as a solution to the water challenge the residents have been experiencing.

He added, “The only job left now is putting up structures along the river banks to prevent flooding.”

The borehole has a yield of 18,000 litres per hour and with 16 hours of pumping then 288,000 litres of water will be supplied per day, the water will be stored in a steel tank with a capacity of 144,000 litres thus it will be filled twice a day.

The water, irrigation and agriculture county executive Beatrice Askul urged Kalokol town residents to install water taps on the existing open pipes which will enable them to easily control the flow of water hence reducing wastage.
Kalokol ward MCA John Lochakolong said the project has come a long way and since he was put in office the residents have not had the opportunity to fully enjoy water services however he questioned about contracts being issued to outsiders.

“We thank the ministry of water and Oxfam in collaborating and making this work, the residents can access water easily right now however
I would like the county government to consider us when issuing out contracts. Contracts should be given out to Kalokol residents whenever there is a project in the region and am surprised when outsiders get the contracts, this is not fair at all,” the MCA said.



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