The County Government of Uasin Gishu will be partnering with Kenya’s water engineering company, Davis & Shirtliff, in a pact that will bring in technological advancements that are crucial for the county’s efforts to improve access of water.
Already, the County Government is rolling out several water projects, including reclamation of dams and sinking of boreholes as the devolved unit moves to succeed its manifesto of ensuring that 85 percent of livelihoods get clean water by end of 2018.
And on Wednesday, Davis and Shirtliff Chief Operations Officer Dr Mas Waweru led the company’s delegation to the Deputy Governor Uasin Gishu County H.E Daniel Chemno’s office for a courtesy call. The county’s officers of environment were also in attendance.
During the meeting, H.E Chemno said the county is already rolling out water projects which are purely funded by the county and others which are partnerships with the national government and other parties.
“We are already on the ground, sinking boreholes in villages and expanding dams, all in efforts to meet out manifesto which highlighted that every household need to get access to clean water,” H.E said during the lengthy discussion.
The County is spending Ksh 30 million on borehole drilling in various areas across the region. It also allocated for expansion and reclamation of dams and rivers, in addition to discovering other water reservoirs.
The County’s partnership with Davis & Shirtliff introduces solar pumping of water. H.E Chemno said the solar power coming to pump water comes at the right time when the county is deliberating on ways to channel the water, soon after boreholes become operational.
Other advances coming along with the partnership include installation of pre-paid meters and software that facilitates management of water channels and volumes. The move is billed to solve cases of illegal reconnections.
Dr Waweru disclosed that the coming of devolution has made them consider working closely with county governments. He said the company is looking to establish branches in all counties in another five years. They already have branches in 19 counties.
Davis & Shitliff is a Kenyan company established over six decades ago. It has footprints in eight countries spread across the Sub-Saharan Africa.