An NGO named Investing in Children and their Society Africa (ICS), Water Forever International and Susteq, both Dutch Water Service Providers (WSP) had built 74,000 cubic liters of water reservoirs in the communities of Amagoro (a town in Busia County, in the former Western Province of Kenya. It is situated approximately 7 kilometres from the border of Uganda. It is the former capital town of the defunct Teso District) and Malaba (a town across the International border with Uganda, adjacent to its similarly named sister town of Malaba, Uganda) in Kenya.
The water project was launched in Malaba on Monday 28/09/2015 by the Busia Water Executive Committee member, Mr. Bernard Yaite with all water points fitted with prepaid water systems for better management.
Previous conflicts between communal groups led to closure of 80 percent of water points set up by other organizations in the host communities. A resident, Naomi Ikarot, stated “for over 30 years, I have had to struggle to get water. It was worse when I was younger. I walked for hours to ensure there was water at home.”
To maintain the water system, “Residents will buy tokens for their prepaid cards, which they will use to fetch clean water at Sh5 per 20-litre jerrycans,” said Mr. Bernard Yaite.
The project would utilize a prepaid system that entails the issuance of prepaid meter and usage of microchip with a password to protect the card user. This would discourage water wastage by users and also ensure water usage is monitored for scalable reasons.
4 shops had been identified in Malaba and Amagoro where a consumer will make payments, adding that water users will need no attendant to draw water at the designated kiosks. Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said the five -year strategic plan will address issues affecting communities of Busia County.
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