Innovative water harvesting technology for community in Makueni County – K24 TV Feature

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Water is an essential commodity in Makueni County and the region is classified as semi-arid due to the low quantity and erratic rainfall that it receives. Welthungerhilfe Kenya is involved in several projects aimed at ensuring community members get access to safe and clean water for drinking, cooking and other household use. Ithumba Rock Catchment is one such example where Welthungerhilfe Kenya has been using a creative gutter system that traps rain water flowing down the massive rock, filters and channels it using steel pipes to massive tanks where it is stored. The whole process takes advantage of gravity. The community members in this area are then able to utilize the stored water during dry seasons of the year. Pipeline extensions have also been done to bring the water points closer to the people to reduce the long distances they used to cover to access water.

Before this project, communities in the area had no long-term solutions to their perennial water problems. USAID funded the construction of three 150m3 water tanks in 2008 which are still fully operational. In 2016 construction of an additional 225m3 water tank funded by Viva Con Agua was completed and is already filled to the brim. The project was implemented by Welthungerhilfe Kenya in partnership with the community members of Ithumba. When full, the tanks hold a total of 675,000 liters of water which serve about 500 households. The most interesting aspect of the project is that it has proven its sustainability and still has plenty of potential for more water tanks and pipeline extensions.

The Welthungerhilfe Kenya Makueni Field Office team was happy to host a team from K24 TV who visited the project and filed this report.
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