40,000 Households in North Rift to Benefit from Drought Mitigation Program

Over 40,000 households will soon benefit from the drought mitigation program that is being implemented by the North Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency (NRVWWDA).

The program is meant to supply water to regions in the North Rift region affected by drought, including Turkana and West Pokot counties.

According to the NRVWWDA Chief Executive Officer Rachel Makokha, the initiative has four interventions that are currently running, including water tracking, supply, and delivery of water tanks, repairing strategic boreholes, and fuel subsidies.

“We also have current existing water supplies that are run by the water service commissions in Lodwar and West Pokot, that is, KAWASES and KEWASCO and other water supply schemes that we are drawing water from,” she said.

Makokha further noted that they do six trips on a daily basis which enables them to reach about 40,000 households.

“Our mandate is to develop and maintain the waterworks in the North Rift Region,” added the NRVWWDA chairperson David Chemweno.

Chemweno noted that the program has so far benefitted more than 300,000 people in the region.

He also revealed that NRVWWDA has about 80 water tanks that are meant to be distributed to several institutions within Turkana and West Pokot counties.

The officers from North Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency (NRVWWDA) are now calling on the government to consider allocating more resources for them to initiate even more water projects targeting locals in the region.

“We got Ksh35 million from the national government and we still urge it to continue providing their assistance in order to make the program successful,” said Chemweno.

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