County government to collect rain water in dams.

The Trans Nzoia county government plans to put up rain harvesting water dams in the area to cushion residents from perennial water shortages during dry seasons.

Speaking in Kitale, governor Patrick Khaemba said that the water will be stored in the 6o dams across the county.

He said that the county government has already purchased a de-silting machine that will help removing residues from dams to make the water safe for domestic use.

The water once treated will also be used for irrigation by horticultural farmers during the dry season, he said adding that the move will also ensure food security.

In addition, the governor said his government had drilled more than 40 boreholes in 45 schools and public utilities since the program was rolled out in 2015 pointing out that the project will be extended to markets.

We targeted the public facilities and schools first and we are going to roll out the project to other areas until we reach all the residents, he said.

The governor also noted that his government has laid 230km pipes that will supply water to resident’s homes within the county.

He said the piped water will be increased to ensure more residents get connected.

He further said that plans are underway for his government to tap water by gravity from Kiptogot and Mt. Elgon to reduce costs and constant flow of water.

Once we tap the water from the two sources, more residents will get cleaner piped water as the current piped water pumped by electricity from Kapolet in Cherangany hills was expensive, he pointed out.

Source: Kenya News Agency