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The Water Project: Riwo Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Riwo Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Riwo Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Riwo Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Riwo Spring Catchment Project -

Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Canceled/Re-Allocated
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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: 

Riwo Spring is in Riwo Village in Milimani Sub-location, Milimani Location of Trans-nzoia County. The area is rich for large scale farming mainly engaging in dairy farming and maize production. 

Given that most of the region lies in the highlands (Cherangany hills), it receives a good amount of rainfall that favours farming as an economic activity but not safe water for drinking and other domestic use. 

Riwo Spring is a strategic site that will offer a solution for the prevalent water deficiency in the area. From the Riwo water site, one gets a beautiful aerial view of Kachibora Town about 11 miles away. In future there would be the possibility of piping water from this project to serve people closer to the town, as and when funds are available.   

Project Updates

09/19/2013: Riwo Project Unfeasible

Unfortunately, after a great amount of work had already been done, the project to construct a spring protection system at Riwo has become unfeasible.  As an indirect result of the excavation required by the project, a land slide induced by heavy rains has buried the site under mud and debris.  Our partners will continue to work with the local leaders to help them address their challenges, including access to clean water.

Funds originally allocated to Riwo have been redirected to Project ID 4204, St. Clement Secondary School

03/11/2013: Work Continues In Riwo

The construction of a spring protection system in Riwo, Kenya, continues.  We expect to hear that the project has been completed soon.  Be sure to check out the latest pictures!

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11/09/2012: Riwo Spring Catchment update

Quick update from IcFEM on the project: 

The committee has been established and has been doing community mobilization to prepare their contributions. The contractor for the work has been identified and is ready to start work once the funds and the community contribution are in place. The work is expected to take no more than a month to complete. 

Great update from the field, we’ll add photos just as soon as we get them. IcFEM assure us more photos will be coming through in the next couple of days. 

10/23/2012: Riwo Spring Catchment Project update

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 Riwo

We are excited to report that the village of Riwo 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 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!