By MN Reporter
Residents of Migori and Uriri towns can now enjoy a steady supply of clean adequate water as the Lake Victoria Water Service Board (LVWSB) handed over a Sh1.2 billion water project to the region’s water provider, (MIKUTRA), through the County Government.
The project which will serve close to 200,000 residents draws water from river Oyani to a treatment plant at Magongo hill in Uriri constituency.
The plant has a capacity of producing 2 million liters of clean water daily.
Already 15 water kiosks have been built across the county to help serve residents while Uriri residents where the plant is situated will benefit from seven additional boreholes.
According to LVWSB, Chief Executive Officer, Eng Moses Agumba, the project has been jointly funded by the African Development Bank and the national government.
“The project will improve the standards of living in Migori County and all partners should pool resources together to ensure sustainability of the water facilities,” Agumba said.
He urged stakeholders to pay for water and be on the lookout on cases of vandalism, burst pipes and general maintenance of the facility to enable Migori people enjoy the commodity throughout.
The Governor Migori County H.E Hon. Zacharia Obado who graced the occasion commended the good work of Lake Victoria South Water Services Board to the County.
He said that water has been a challenge in Migori County and that residents were exposed to water borne diseases which will be a thing of the past with the completion of Migori Water Supply.
He emphasized that Water is life, and that Migori residents should take the opportunity and enjoy the clean water. He added that the water will distributed equally to all needy areas within the catchment of the project.
During the official handing over ceremony locals along multi-million water project in Migori county will be compensated Sh2.7million for land use to lay pipes and build an intake point at river Oyani.
Resident engineer Sam Ochanda said after several meetings with locals they agreed to buy land.
“We will buy the land within 6meters of the pipe so that we avoid clashes between owners and, proprietors and maintenance group in future,” he said.
The function was also attended by county minister of water and energy Elija Odhiambo, The project contractor (SCC International Engineering Co.), consultant (Otieno Odongo & Partners) among others.