Communities in need of Borehole Rehabilitation
Kenya Finland Cooperation (KEFINCO) water program had a considerable impact on access to improved sources of drinking water in Western Kenya from 1981 to 1996. However, in the post-implementation period access seems to have decreased due to deterioration in operation and maintenance, changes in technology, climate change and rapid population growth. This presents a challenge in realizing SDG 6 which aims at achieving universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.
The key to increasing the resilience of communities to climate change in western Kenya is dependent on having access to reliable sources of water across season. Rehabilitation of existing non-functional boreholes is a cheaper way of enhancing access to clean water. Boreholes are less prone to contamination and more reliable during extreme droughts.
Most of the applications we receive from communities demand our intervention in rehabilitating their KEFINCO boreholes & wells. Often most of these wells do not have pumps that were once installed on them. Some of these wells have been in a non-functional state for prolonged periods. To restore access to water in these communities we often have to start by reconstituting new water point management committees, conducting hygiene and sanitation training and installation of new hardware.
Our approach during rehabilitation involves flashing of the wells to get rid of silt as well as unclog blocked screen casings, reworking on the well pads, pump installation, water quality assessment and disinfection. To ensure sustained access to clean water after a successful rehab, we provide operation and maintenance support.
Boreholes remain the most effective water sources that can buffer communities in need against the effects of climate change. Help us in raising awareness by sharing this message to mobilize funds towards rehabilitating wells for communities that once had access to this precious commodity and now are a risk of consuming water from unsafe sources.
Tags: #climatechange, #SGD6 #WaterCrisis, #SubsaharanAfrica #Kenya