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The Water Project: Kutosi Kimakwa Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kutosi Kimakwa Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kutosi Kimakwa Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kutosi Kimakwa Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kutosi Kimakwa Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kutosi Kimakwa Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kutosi Kimakwa Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kutosi Kimakwa 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: Mar 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: 

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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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!


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