Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Jan 2013

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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. 

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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 pours through a reinforced pipe in a concrete headwall to a paved collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!


Thomas and Patricia Vitanza