Napuu, September 16th, 2019-Residents of Kanamkemer Ward are set to benefit from the Napuu Water Project whose first phase launched today by Governor Josphat Nanok.
The project which is undertaken by National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority (NWHSA) will include installation of an elevated 300m³ steel tank in Narewa and a water distribution system to 16000 residents in Narewa, Lokitela, Ekaales, Masewan, Kasarani, Juluk and Trans Africa as well as supply Kisumu PolyTechnic, Turkana University College.
Speaking during the launch at the Napuu Aquifer, Governor Nanok said the County Government will utilize water from boreholes in the aquifer to support the development of Lodwar Municipality and the expansion of existing irrigation schemes.
“This is going to increase the development of this part of Lodwar Municipality as we refocus how the aquifer will best be utilized for irrigation agriculture,” he said.
He revealed that the County Government was engaging the community living around Napuu to find best ways to secure the land within which the aquifer was located.
“The aquifer runs from the Turkwel River 5km downstream and 3km upstream and we are discussing with the community living on securing the aquifer and even if it requires legislation to ensure the aquifer serves the community for many years to come,” Governor Nanok said.
He added that the involvement of the Water Authority, a government parastatal, was an assurance that works on the projects will be undertaken with professionalism and achieve expected standards. These sentiments were echoed by Chairman of the County Assembly’s Water, Environment and Natural Resources Committee James Abei, who said the Authority had better expertise to implement the project to completion.
On his part, National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority Chairperson David Nkedianye said the Authority had signed a Memorandum of Understating (MOU) with the County Government to undertake the project which is planned to take three months and will cost of Sh72m.
Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro who attended the launch said the project was part of the County’s implementation of one of the five transformative development priorities of Water Development aimed at solving water challenges faced by residents.
Others who spoke were Deputy County Secretary Robert Loyelei, CECM for Water Services Emathe Namuar and Kanamkemer MCA James Ikeny among others.