The Bomet Integrated Development Programme (BIDP)

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The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), on 11th March, 2016 attended a ground breaking ceremony for the Sigor Water Supply Project under Bomet Integrated Development Programme (BIDP).

The project will address significant social challenges of the residents in Sigor and Chebunyo Wards in Chepalungu and Bomet East sub-counties on access to clean water for both domestic and irrigation purposes.

This is to be achieved through key interventions aimed at contributing to improved Community member’s livelihood, accessibility to water, health, and nutrition and food security. This programme presents a unique public/ private partnership.

BIDP is a joint project between the County Government of Bomet and KRCS which will contribute to improve quality of the residents of Bomet County for sustainable development. The 3 year programme will be implemented in two phases. Phase one will serve the current population of 40,000 people and phase two will be implemented in the year 2027 to ensure that the needs of ultimate population for the next 10 years up to 2037 are met.

Speaking during the ceremony, KRCS Secretary General Dr. Abbas Gullet said that the programme will include; Improve access to clean water for domestic and agricultural use and Improve access to Kenya essential package of health among others. “It is upon organisations to combine forces and work with County Governments to fight poverty and improve the living standards of community members.” Said Dr. Abbas.

According to Governor Isaac Ruto, the County will invest more on development projects to cover more ground. The Governor thanked KRCS and the British Red Cross (BRC) for mobilising resources from well-wishers to ensure Kenya has supportive projects to improve the living standards of ordinary Kenyans. The County Government of Bomet donated a 2 Acre piece of land to Red Cross to implement sustainable projects. The County also received BIDP vehicle from KRCS, which will be serving all project sites to ensure community members acquire the required humanitarian services.

Sigor water supply project implementation shall consist of water works at the intake, treatment works and the distribution networks. The amount water to be abstracted from Nyangores River, a tributary to the Mara River is 1995M3/day. The length of the raw main from the intake to the treatment plant is 1,920Metres and the gravity main being 13,550M. The total length of the pipeline for the distribution network is 80 KM.

The project will be serve a target population of 6,875 households. The cost of phase I of this project is 175 million KShs and the second phase will cost 124Million KShs. In ensuring that the whole population targeted is reached, there shall be constructed 15 water kiosks and 13 tap stands which shall be communal water points.