Kenya Red Cross Society commissions a 6km water pipeline in Ganze, Kilifi County

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Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) commissioned a 6km water pipeline project in Ganze, Kilifi County. The project is funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) under the Water Sanitation and Hygiene Programme (WASH).

The pipeline project is aimed at boosting access to clean and safe drinking water, improve sanitation and hygiene among the target community. The project is targeting a total of 14,232 community members in Ganze sub-county.

“I would like to thank the International Committee of the Red Cross for funding this project. This will benefit greatly over 14,000 community members in Ganze who have been facing a lot of challenges in accessing safe water,” Said Dr. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society.

The target community members have faced difficulties accessing adequate clean and safe water with a majority forced to trek long distances. The main water source in the area was a pipeline that is fed by the Barich line and could comfortably serve a total of 2,121 community members.

KRCS with funding from ICRC has undertaken the following intervention towards rehabilitating the existing system:

• Installation of 72 solar panels and new fully automated pump

• Introduction of a new 3" diameter off take 0.93 km from Jaribuni along the Baricho - Mombasa pipeline.

• Construction of a new 50m3 masonry tank at Mbudzi.

• Rehabilitate the 50m3 masonry tank at Jaribuni and a 100mᶾ masonry tank at Mbudzi

• Construction of 5 new water points fitted with pre paid meters.

• Installation of safety features into the system.

With these in place, the reservoir tank at Jaribuni fills in 25 minutes as opposed to the original 8 hours. The solar panels have equally cut down on energy costs and the pump is automated thus improving efficiency.

“This is not a stand-alone project, the community members have equally been trained on hygiene practices conducted by trained volunteers,” said Bradford Mmene, KRCS Watsan Hardware Officer. “This will go a long way in improving the health standards of the community by lowering the chances of acquiring water bone diseases.” Bradford added.

KRCS is implementing a three year WASH Project in Kilifi County funded by the British Red Cross which aims at improving health as a consequence of accessing safe water and sustainable WASH in Kenya. WASH projects are cucrrently being implemented in three counties namely: Bomet, Taita Taveta and Kilifi.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) acknowledge that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions is the greatest global challenge and indispensable requirement for sustainable development. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without access to safe water to support livelihood interventions and have a healthy community.

KRCS through the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) department implements programming that makes direct contribution to the realization of SDG goal 6, while contributing to the achievement of multiple SDGs which impact through the provision of water for both domestic and livelihood uses, improved sanitation and hygiene education.