Mumuli Community

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Kenyan Spring Protection

Latitude 0.31
Longitude 34.71

175 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum. Our team is pleased to directly share the report below (edited for clarity, as needed).


This unprotected spring is located in Mumuli Village 7km away from Kakamega County Headquarters, off Kakamega – Ingotse road, Kakamega Central Sub-county, and Lurambi Division, Shikoti location, Murumba sub-Location, Butsotso East ward. The spring serves over 25 households with a total population 175 of people including children. The population is made up of 100 females and 75 males.


During vetting of the spring by the WASH staff, it was evident that the water and sanitation situation at the unprotected spring was wanting. The spring is located downhill and since it is not protected, the water source is open to contamination by surface run off. The community members using the spring admitted that there have been cases of water borne diseases. The most affected were the children and pregnant women

The water is used for drinking for both human and animals, cooking, and irrigation on the farms especially during the dry period.

With regard to water improvement, the community members stated they have been drinking that water since they were born and very few boil or disinfect it because they cannot afford buying chlorine for the treatment and firewood or boiling. They are forced to go to the forest in search of firewood which is risky for women and children and if they are found in the forest they need to pay a fine of five hundred shillings.

Sanitation is also a big problem as many people have no good latrines and others even use bushes, also contaminating the water.

The community members are in dire need of support and are urging WEWASAFO and The Water Project to consider them and protect the spring so that they can reduce diarrhea diseases and reduce time wasted in order to engage in other economic activities.

Results of the Project:

Spring Protection

Protection of Marko Mutamba Mumuli spring is complete and now in use.

Before protection, water quality samples were collected from the spring and taken to the government laboratory for tests.The results revealed that the water from the spring was both bacteriologically and E. Coli contaminated. But now with protection and proper conservation of the water catchment area,  the level of  contamination has been completely minimized. Cases of water borne diseases are now expected to greatly reduce.

The community members are  happy to use the spring since they know for sure that they are getting safe water. They are also confident that with the training they received from the WEWASAFO Wash team, they will now take sanitation and hygiene to the next level.

All Thanks to The Water Project for their continuous support to the community members.

Sanitation Platforms

Household sanitation platforms (cement slabs for latrine construction) have been installed for the community members who benefitted from them and are now using them.

Simon, one of the slab beneficiaries really thanked The Water Project for casting a slab for his family. He admitted that they can now use the toilet as opposed to the previous situation where they were forced to use the bush. Hygiene and Sanitation has improved in their home. Other community members are keen to replicate the same in their homes.

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Recent Project Updates

09/23/2015: Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring Protection Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to protect Marko Muamba Mumili spring in Kenya is now complete. The community is already enjoying and rejoicing over their new supply of safe, clean water. We just updated the project page with new information and pictures of the finished project.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4375-36-completed-project

08/31/2015: Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring Protection Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Mumuli village in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. An unprotected spring will be protected from contamination by animals and surface run-off, and the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene. Together these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area. We have had some delays in communication with our partner so we have had to adjust the expected completion date, but we just posted a report including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  We’ll keep you posted as the project continues.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4375-04-community-members

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Kakamega, Kenya
ProjectID: 4375
Install Date:  09/18/2015

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 07/09/2017

Visit History:
08/26/2015 — Functional
11/10/2015 — Functional
06/23/2016 — Functional
10/12/2016 — Functional
01/23/2017 — Functional
04/30/2017 — Functional
07/09/2017 — Functional


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Country Details


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

Partner Profile

Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO) works together with less privileged and marginalized members of communities in Western Kenya to reduce poverty through harnessing and utilization of local resources for sustainable development.