This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:
The proposed Bukhakunga water project is situated in Bukhakunga village and it is a hand dug well developed by installing 3M diameter concrete casing covered with 4inch concrete slab and installed a Nira pump. The well was completed in the year 1989 and served the community well until 2012 when it got spoilt, the community found someone who came to repair the pump instead he was not able to get the required spare parts since they are not found on the market. The community then had no option other than go back to collect stream water for their domestic use.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE:
This community gets its water from murram stream located 2km from the community and it is a very steepy valley where as the turbidity value is 85 below the WHO recommendation. The water is unsafe because its a running stream and the human activities around makes the water unsafe for human consumption hence causing water borne diseases to the consumers.
The community has a population of 35 to 40 households approximately 300 people who depend on this water source for domestic use.
HYGIENE AND SANITATION:
At least every home visited there is a composite pit, latrines and cloth lines, clean water facilities and almost every homes have bathrooms and no dish racks and washing points. As you walk to the water source you can see people have organized compounds in that they have sheds where the animals sleep thus not littering the dug in the compound.
The project will greatly benefit the Bukhakunga community members and the Afrcan Divine Church(ADC) Primary school that is around.
ASSESSING THE NEED:
There is need to rehabilitated this well by installing an Afridev pump so as to help the community access quality water that is sustainable and for their domestic use.
The Bridge Water project staff will strengthen the already existing Bukhakunga Community water committee. During the community education, the committee will be taught how to manage the improved water supply to ensure sustainability.