The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: State to Sink Boreholes in Turkana County and End Water Scarcity

The government plans to sink boreholes in Turkana county to tap huge underground water deposits. Director of Water Resources John Nyaoro said technology will be used to harvest the water to address the water shortage in the semi-arid and arid region. "We have learnt that Kenya has over 60B cubic litres of underground water and Turkana county is one of the regions blessed with this resource," he said. Nyaoro said the government is committed to ensuring that all Kenyans have clean and portable water by the year 2030.

The director said 800 Water Resource Users Associations have been formed to address water issues in the country. He said the revenue generated by the water sector annually had continued to rise from Sh3 billion in 1982 to Sh40 billion last year. "Currently the government is constructing five major dams and twelve more will be ready by 2024," said Nyaoro. He was speaking in Kibonde village in Gilgil during the commissioning of two springs that have been renovated by the World Wildlife Fund.

WWF Project coordinator Robert Ndetei said the organisation had used Sh3m to renovate the springs. "Previously the locals had hard time getting water but under the project they can easily get access to clean water," he said. The local residents thanked the organisation for the project saying the water woes will be a thing of the past. A farmer Mungai Kanyuko thanked WWF for the noble work saying the springs will serve their livestock and the locals. "We have even started beekeeping and fish ponds in this region thanks to the springs. We now empowered economically," said another resident Ayub Njenga.

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