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The Water Project: Matili Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Matili Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Matili Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Matili Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Matili Spring Catchment Project -

Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Jan 2013

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

Project Features

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Community Profile

This project is part of IcFEM’s WaSH program, which includes multiple water source schemes as well as substantial community level hygiene promotion, and training on project operation and maintenance. 

What follows is a brief project outline direct from our partner:

Matili Spring is in Matili A village, Kimilili Rural Sub-location, Kimilili Rural Location of Bungoma County. The spring serves 4 villages namely Bituyu, Maram, Bisunu and Matili A. Most of the residents are farmers. 

The area suffers from the lack of clean and safe drinking water due to contaminated natural water sources exposing the community to dangerous water-borne diseases. 

Matili Spring is an old water source that has served the villages for many years. Through their own initiative, the villagers have tried to protect the spring a number of times since 1957; though with limited resources and skills. Currently, the spring has been basically surrounded by stones and a plastic cut bottle in place of an outlet pipe. The villagers are ready to work with IcFEM to build the spring. 

Project Updates

03/11/2013: Thank You From Matili

Just a quick update to pass along a great picture we just received from Matili.  We can almost hear those smiling faces saying thank you.  Thank you for clean water.  Thank you for seeing and unlocking our potential.  

And we at The Water Project say Thank You for working with us to enable pictures like this!

The Water Project : kenya4113_thanks

01/07/2013: Matili Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the spring protection project in Matili, Kenya is now complete.  See the report below from our partner in the field giving the final details, as well as the latest pictures of the project:

This was the second site where construction was started. Due to the close cooperation between the community members, the committee and the technician, the work is already done and the site fenced off. The community is already using the clean water both for domestic purposes and watering their livestock.

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11/12/2012: Matili Spring protection construction complete

Great news from IcFEM, in that they have completed the concrete works, and the spring is now protected from contaminants and serving the community. 

Excellent! We’ll have more updates online as we get them. 

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11/09/2012: Construction complete at Matili

Quick update from IcFEM on the project: 

The construction work on this site is completed, and the community is already using the spring water. 

The committee is in place and has been empowered to take ownership of the project.
The committee has been trained on water, sanitation and hygiene and onoperations & maintenance.

The schools education team has visited 4 local schools to raise the awareness of sanitation & hygiene issues with the children who live near the springs. 

This is great news. We’ll have new photos from the project up on this page  as soon as possible. IcFEM assure us more photos will be coming through in the next couple of days. 

10/23/2012: Matili Construction update

Construction update from IcFEM: 

The community has worked cooperatively in delivering their agreed resources at the site. They have managed to raise sand, hardcore, working tools, food and labor. The community also worked hard to accommodate the technician who doesn’t come from the same community. The construction of the spring took 4 days of work with the support and involvement from the community.

Excellent news coming from IcFEM – genuine collaboration and commitment from all involved.

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10/23/2012: Update from the field - Matili Spring Catchment

ICFEM have sent through details of the community mobilisation process under way as part of their spring catchment programme. Here’s some insight into what is happening, direct from IcFEM:  

All the water sites have a standard water users’ committee comprising of 11 members. The 11 are derived from all the water stakeholders in the community, that is:

  1.  The land owner (1)
  2. The Provincial Administration representative (Village Elder/Ass. Chief/Chief) (1)
  3. A Community Health Worker (1)
  4. A Technician (someone within the community with some technical knowledge on springs) (1)
  5. IcFEM Fellowship representative (1) 
  6. A Women leader (1)
  7. A Youth Leader (1)
  8. Ex-official (LTU executive)
  9. Community Members (3)

The turn-out  of the meetings convened at the water sites was a good representation of the water users and the key stakeholders. A total of 332 people were mobilised from the 15 water sites that we are currently dealing with, most of whom were men. 

All the water sites accepted to rise up to 15% of the total project cost before the constructions begin by early October 2012. This mainly comprises of the locally available resources within the villages i.e. Stone, Hardcore, Sand, Construction tools, Food and unskilled labour etc, but this varies from one community to the other. 

The committees formed are mainly overseeing the collection of the agreed resources at each site as they undergo training in preparation to oversee Operation and Maintenance. 

This is excellent news coming from IcFEM, offering real insight into the community mobilisation process. We are excited about the next step, and look forward to updating this page soon with more information. 

10/04/2012: Construction Underway in Matili

We are excited to report that Matili spring has been selected to receive a spring catchment system.  Construction is underway to protect this source of safe, clean water for the people of the village.  See the project page for more information including GPS coordinates.

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Project Photos

Project Type

Protected Spring

In many communities, natural springs exist as water flows from cracks in rocky ground or the side of a hill.  Springs provide reliable water but that doesn’t mean safe. When left open they become contaminated by surface contamination, animal and human waste and rain runoff. The solution is to protect the source. First, you excavate around the exact source area of the spring. Then, you build a protective reservoir for water flow, which leads to a concrete spring box and collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!


Thomas and Patricia Vitanza