The search for clean and safe water by residents of Uasin Gishu County will soon be a thing of the past as the County Government of Uasin Gishu acquires state of the art facility to reclaim existing dams constructed several decades ago.
This comes as a relief to the residents who have walked a long distance in search of the precious commodity for their daily usage which includes household, recreational and irrigation.
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson K. Arap Mandago, EGH, recently launched the water master machine, one of its kind currently reclaiming Kerita dam in Kesses Sub-County.
On Tuesday Water Chief Officer, Mr. Simeon Kemei did a routine visit on the site to check on the dam reclaiming progress.
Kerita dam which stands on almost 140 acres of land has a water mass of close to 120 acres. Upon completion of reclamation, the dam will meet the water needs of the entire community and the surrounding environs.
A watermaster is a multipurpose dam dredging boat that can float on water thus enabling it to remove silt and all debris in the dam.
The Water master’s state of the art cutter pump enables 50% to 100% more effective pumping time compared to other machinery such as excavator whose scope of cleaning is limited.
This, the CECM noted during the launch of the machine will aid in cleaning the over 300 dams within the county.
The excavators we bought have done quite several dams…The water master will help in reclaiming massive dams as this machine floats on water thus can go up to the middle of the dam while cleaning,” Said Njogu in Kerita dam during the unveiling of the water master.
The submersible pump allows working in shallow waters and dry land and the rake attachment can remove trash and vegetation.