This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:
The proposed Matawa Market Water Project is a drilled well which was initiated in the year 2002 by Butere County Council through the then, civic leader of the area Madam Hannah Wanalo. The project was funded by the Local Authority Service Delivery Action Plan (LASDAP).
The aim of the project was to make quality water supply available to residents, businessmen and their customers for their common use while on their business activities at the market and also to improve the sanitation and hygiene status of the entire market.
The Matawa Market has 10 permanent estimated numbers of shops and one slaughter house among other business structures. The main market day is on every Tuesday on which Matawa Market hosts livestock farmers who come either to buy or sell their livestock.
During post election violence in year 2007-2008 there was no business for a number of days hence unknown people took the advantage of political violence and stole the hand pump which was on the well. As a result some of the water committee members flee for their safety. Since then it has not been possible for the well to be rehabilitated for the market use.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE:
The Matawa Market people currently get water from Matawa stream which is 2km away from the market.
The Market hosts an estimated population of 2,000 - 4,000 people who come at the market for their daily business activities. (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. To learn more, click here.)
HYGIENE AND SANITATION:
The hygiene and sanitation of the market is very poor in that toilets are rarely washed whereas the market slaughter house was closed by the public health officer due to poor health status. Therefore, community education would be done to members from the community. During community education, more will be taught on hygiene and sanitation, water handling, water in the home, Phast, 5 f’s diagram and the sustainability of the water system.
The project shall greatly benefit the entire Matawa market and the entire community around.
ASSESSING THE NEED:
The Bridge Water Project has assessed and seen that, there’s need to rehabilitate the Matawa Market well so as to enable those who stay at the market and those who come for daily activities to access quality and consistent water supply at any time they need it.
The Bridge Water Project through the Market Master have already facilitated the formation of Market Water Committee that comprises of both male and female business members at most who are local residents so that should anything occur, there will be responsible people managing the water supply for market use.