Water restored in Kabarnet town after nearly one month shortage

Water crisis that has persisted for about a month in Kabarnet town, Baringo county has been partially restored following successful repair of one of the three water pumps that had broken down.

The restoration came about five days after public health officials ordered a stoppage of all food hawking business in Kabarnet town following effects of the water shortage which was threatening to lead to closure of other major eateries and institutions within the town.

County public health team told journalists that they had to enforce the crackdown against food vendors due to fears of water borne diseases resulting from the water crisis.

Speaking in Kabarnet town today during a ceremony that marked the restoration of Kirandich water supply, deputy governor Jacob Chepkwony lauded the residents for being patient during the water crisis period which hampered their daily operations.

Chepkwony said the water supply will resume fully from Wednesday next week when another water pump will have been restored.

A team of water engineers were busy replacing the machine up to 10:30pm yesterday before they began pumping water to the main reservoir in Kabarnet town same night, he said.

The deputy governor said part of the county government agenda was to provide affordable clean water to the local residents and they have agreed with Kirandich Water Service Board and Rift Valley Water Service Board that two pumping machines which will ensure water is well distributed in the region.

Chepkwony urged the residents to fully support the newly constituted Kirandich water service board so that they can benefit in terms of water distribution up to the grassroots.

County Executive Committee (CEC) for water and irrigation Joel Koima noted that three machines which were procured in the year 2001 might have broken down since they had outlived their shelf life of 10 years adding that much work is needed to ensure that the multi-billion mega dam acquire new pumping machines.

Source: Kenya News Agency