The Kisumu County government has entered into a significant agreement with the Vihiga County government in a bid to tackle the persistent water shortages plaguing Maseno town and its environs. The agreement, signed recently, entails the provision of bulk water supply from Vihiga to Kisumu Water and Sanitation Company (KIWASCO), aimed at ameliorating the water scarcity issues faced by the rapidly expanding urban area.

Dr. Mathew Owili, the Deputy Governor of Kisumu County, elucidated that the surge in population within Maseno municipality, a tenfold increase attributed largely to the presence of Maseno University and other educational institutions, has exerted immense pressure on the existing water supply infrastructure. Consequently, this collaboration seeks to alleviate the strain on water resources and enhance access to clean water for the burgeoning population.

Expressing the broader objectives of the partnership, Dr. Owili underscored the importance of concerted efforts in safeguarding and conserving water sources within the region. He emphasized that beyond immediate solutions like bulk water supply, sustainable measures are imperative to ensure a reliable and stable water supply for present and future generations.

Addressing the gathering at the Agriculture Training Center (ATC) in Maseno Town during the World Water Day celebrations, Dr. Owili commended the collaboration between Kisumu and Vihiga counties, heralding it as a catalyst for fostering peace and stability in the area. He emphasized the pivotal role of water as a cornerstone of prosperity and unity in the region.

Highlighting the exacerbating effects of climate change on water availability, Dr. Owili urged for proactive measures to mitigate its impact. He emphasized the importance of responsible water usage and environmental conservation to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change on water resources.

Marylene Agwa, the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) responsible for Water, Environment, and Natural Resources in Kisumu, elaborated on the anticipated outcomes of the partnership with Vihiga. She projected a substantial increase in water coverage within Maseno Municipality, from the current 20% to a targeted 40%, upon successful implementation of the collaborative initiatives.

Additionally, Agwa outlined the complementary interventions being undertaken by the Lake Victoria South Water Works Development Agency (LVSWWDA) to address the perennial water shortages in the area. These initiatives encompass a range of projects including spring rehabilitation, tank construction, and borehole rehabilitation, all aimed at bolstering water supply infrastructure in Maseno and its vicinity.

Thomas Odongo, the Managing Director of KIWASCO, attributed the prevailing water scarcity challenges to the adverse impacts of climate change, necessitating innovative approaches to water management. He stressed the importance of community engagement in water conservation efforts and advocated for rainwater harvesting and storage as viable strategies to ensure uninterrupted water supply.

The collaborative agreement between Kisumu and Vihiga counties marks a significant step towards mitigating water shortages and enhancing access to clean water in Maseno Town. Through concerted efforts and sustainable initiatives, both counties aim to address the pressing challenges posed by water scarcity, thereby fostering resilience and prosperity within the region.

Kisumu-Vihiga Agreement: Enhancing Water Supply to Maseno Town
Key Points
– Kisumu County collaborates with Vihiga County to address water shortages in Maseno Town.
– Agreement entails bulk water supply to Kisumu Water and Sanitation Company (KIWASCO) for distribution.
– Population growth attributed to educational institutions strains water resources in Maseno.
– Partnership emphasizes water source protection, climate change mitigation, and sustainable water management.
– Interventions by LVSWWDA and KIWASCO complement efforts to address water scarcity challenges.

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