Kutosi Kimakwa Spring Catchment Project

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Latitude 0.48
Longitude 34.47

500 Served

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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: 

Kutosi Spring is in Kimakwa village, Kimakwa sub-location, Kamukuywa location of Bungoma County. The area specializes in subsistence agricultural production mainly producing Maize, Beans, Livestock and honey (from bee keeping). 

The amount of rainfall ranges between 1300mm and 1800mm per annum. A significant portion of the population lives in remote areas with high levels of poverty. The region has no access to piped water. This means that a majority depend on natural sources such as springs and rivers to get the resource for domestic use e.g. drinking water, washing, livestock etc. 

Kimakwa residents have been blessed with a natural water spring which is a major source for the inhabitants. There were efforts to protect the spring in the past. However, the work was poorly done leading to a poor drainage system and the surface runoff flows into the spring. Pipes were placed at a low position making water collection almost impossible. The spring concrete works must therefore to be demolished and the work done again.


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03/11/2013: Kutosi / Kimakwa Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the spring protection system at Kutosi/Kimakwa is complete.  The people of the community are now using this source of safe, clean water.  Check out the pictures of the finished project and the joy on faces as it was handed over to the community.

The Water Project : kenya4121_handover

11/09/2012: Kutosi / Kimakwa Update

Quick update from IcFEM on the project: 

The committee has been established and has been mobilizing the community 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 of stones are in place. The work is expected to take no more than a month to complete.

The committee training and the hygiene and sanitation trainings have both taken place, and schools education has also taken place in schools near the site. 

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: Community Mobilisation Underway at Kutosi

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. 

10/03/2012: Construction Underway at Kutosi Spring

We are pleased to report that Kutosi Spring, in Kimakwa village, has been selected for a spring catchment system.  Construction is underway to protect this source of clean water for the people of the village.  See the project page for more information, including GPS coordinates.

Project Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
ProjectID: 4121
Install Date:  03/11/2013

Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

IcFEM is an indigenous Kenyan organization based in Kimilili, Western Kenya with a mission of smooth integration of community development, evangelism and innovative provision of holistic care. IcFEM aims at building people, especially in rural areas, both spiritually and practically to become self supporting.