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The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

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

The proposed spring is found in Soysambu village of Lugari District in Kakamega County. It is located in a bushy but accessible environment about 5 metres from a seasonal river which only flows during the rainy season. The area has a rich arable land with residents specialising in the growing of maize (which is the main cash crop), beans, bananas and cattle rearing for milk production

The locals in this area continue to suffer from perennial water problems ranging from travelling over long distances in search of water to diseases associated with contamination of water. They get water from the bushy spring that is poorly maintained. Others go to a river 1 Km away which is very dirty since some people use it for bathing/washing upstream while others consume the same downstream.  

Soysambu spring is therefore a major asset to the community providing water for domestic use as well as for the neighbouring school. The spring has never been constructed because the residents have limited resources but are willing to partner with IcFEM to restore the spring to full usage.

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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 leads to a concrete spring box and collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!