The government has launched a Sh.91 million water project which will provide water to 18 villages with a population of 22, 000 people in Moiben Kuserwo ward in Marakwet West Sub County.
Speaking during the launch on Tuesday, the Water Principal Secretary, Prof. Fred Segor said the government had already released Sh30 million to cover first phase of the project which included the construction of a water tank and laying of pipes.
Prof. Segor said the government had budgeted for a further Sh.61 million which would be used to expand the project, adding that the government was committed to ensuring that Kenyans got access to clean water.
Saying once complete the project would have enough water for both domestic use and farming, the PS called on residents to engage in irrigation and dairy farming to improve their economic standards.
Speaking in the same function, the area Governor, Alex Tolgos said the county would also chip in so that the water reached the homesteads.
He said it was ironical that for a long time, the county has been a source of water to all the neighbouring counties while majority of the residents had no access to clean water.
However, Tolgos called on the residents to partner with his government to guard forests against destruction of the catchment areas.
The governor appealed to wananchi to take a picture of any lorry found illegally transporting felled trees, saying some people have been colluding with forest rangers to destroy local forests.
Source: Kenya News Agency