Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Program: Kenyan Spring Protection

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jul 2015

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 02/09/2024

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Community Profile

This project is being implemented by our partner Western Water And Sanitation Forum, and includes the construction of a spring protection system and latrine sanitation platforms (sanplats).

Background Information:

This unprotected spring is located in Bugondi village, Bukhungu location, Shirere ward, municipality Division,
within Kakamega County. The spring serves a great number of people totaling 800 from 302 house holds, of which 320 are Men and 480 are women.

(Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)

This unprotected water spring is located on the lower side and its also sorrounded by bushes thus open for contamination.Many people who lack latrines defecate close to the water point and during the rainy season the surface run off carries the wastes into the water.

This has resulted to constant outbreaks of many water related diseases that included: Flu, typhoid, dysentry and coughs.

Hygiene practices within the community are also poor as many people lack latrines, bathrooms, compost pits and few had clothelines and dish racks.

Sanitation is a challenge as many people lacked latrines and the few that had were in poor conditions. The children stated they always use the bushes as they feared falling into those toilets which had big holes.
Though they stated that they wash their hands after toilet use, this could not be proved as there was no hand washing facility within the vicinity of the toilets.

The community members had approached various organizations including the politicians to assist them in protecting the water source but they never succeeded. Politicians took advantage of them in that during campaigns, they promised to protect the water spring once they voted them in, which they have never fulfilled even after electing the said leaders to power.

When they learnt of WEWASAFO they approached the organization and requested to be considered in protecting the water points for them. The beneficiaries had already organized themselves and a management committee structure was in place. The chairman stated they were ready and willing to avail the required
local materials any time if considered.

"TWP, with your support we can go far!"

(Editor's Note:  In the photo captions included on this page, a 'fundi' is a local resident who is working under an apprenticeship to be a skilled mason.)

Construction of Spring

The protection of Luseka spring was completed and now in use. The spring is located in Bugondi village, Bukhungu location, Shirere Ward, Municipality division, Within Kakamega County. It serves more than 302 households of which 320 are men, 480 are women. After protection of this spring, the number of users increased because the water safe and clean attracted many more householders users. The beneficiaries of the spring stated that before protection, the spring was open to contamination and most people in the area were suffering from the water borne diseases which were diarrhea related. But now they can drink safe clean water without fears of suffering from water borne diseases or poisoning.

The slabs were cast and installed and the beneficiaries around the spring are using it and are very happy with the project. One of the beneficiaries admitted that she was comfortable using the slab because the floor is safe, easy to clean and also easy to maintain.

Thank you The Water Project –USA for your continuous support. Our communities will never remain the same.

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Project Type

Springs are water sources that come from deep underground, where the water is filtered through natural layers until it is clean enough to drink. Once the water pushes through the surface of the Earth, however, outside elements like waste and runoff can contaminate the water quickly. We protect spring sources from contamination with a simple waterproof cement structure surrounding layers of clay, stone, and soil. This construction channels the spring’s water through a discharge pipe, making water collection easier, faster, and cleaner. Each spring protection also includes a chlorine dispenser at the waterpoint so community members can be assured that the water they are drinking is entirely safe. Learn more here!


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