Petro Maloba Spring Protection and Sanplats

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Kenyan Spring Protection

Latitude 0.32
Longitude 34.78

210 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).

Background Information

This unprotected spring is located in Kakamega East, and Shinyalu division, Shidodo location, Khayega sub-location, Isukha South ward and Machina Village.

The land owner admits that the spring serves a great number of people totaling to over 30 households, out of which 95 are male and 115 are female including children. This unprotected spring is located in a low area and its also surrounded by bushes, thus open to contamination. Many people who lack latrines defecate close to the water point and during the rainy season the surface run off carries the waste into the water. This was evident from the fresh faeces seen in the bushes near the water point. This has resulted in constant outbreaks of many water related diseases like the flu and typhoid .

Hygiene practices are also poor  among the community members with many people not washing their hands after toilet use. Many of the household compounds were unclean. Few people had dish racks, clothlines or traditional bathrooms.

This community is in dire need of support and is urging WEWASAFO and The Water Project to consider them and protect the spring so that they can reduce waterborne diseases and engage in other economic activities.

Results of the Project:

Community members were happy to participate in WEWASAFO WASH (water sanitation and hygiene) training. Participants admit that these hygienic practices are a lot easier to do then they first thought. These habits include hand washing after every latrine use and before food preparation, boiling water before drinking, thoroughly cooking food, and digging compost pits for waste disposal.

Spring Protection

Protection of Petro Maloba spring is complete and now in use by community members.

Before, laboratory tests confirmed the spring was contaminated. After the protection project and catchment area conservation, the situation is completely different. And because of the sanitation platforms installed (see below), there is almost no run-off from human waste. Locals are now accessing safe and clean drinking water. The cases of water-borne diseases are expected to decrease.

Sanitation Platforms

Five sanitation platforms were installed in the community, eliminating run-off that contaminated the spring. Community members admit that it is more comfortable to use the slab because the floor is safe, clean, and easy to maintain.

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Recent Project Updates

09/30/2015: Petro Maloba Spring Protection and Sanplats Project Complete!

We are pleased to inform you that the Petro Maloba spring protection project is complete; the spring is now yielding clean, fresh water! And after what community members learned in training, they are excited to try out new, simple hygiene practices. These two improvements should aid in decreasing disease and sickness in the area.

Look above for more information about the community, GPS coordinates, project results, and photos (we will try to post photos of the new latrines as soon as possible).

The people of Machina Village and The Water Project Thank You for helping unlock potential.

The Water Project : kenya4409-20-water-of-joy

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Kenya, Kakamega East, Shinyalu Division, Shidodo, Khayega, Isukha South, Machina Village
ProjectID: 4409
Install Date:  09/17/2015

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 01/10/2018

Visit History:
10/23/2015 — Functional
11/10/2015 — Functional
04/15/2016 — Functional
04/15/2016 — Functional
09/30/2016 — Functional
02/24/2017 — Functional
05/25/2017 — Functional
07/06/2017 — Functional
01/10/2018 — Functional

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.