The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has been engaged in rehabilitation of water sources in drought stricken counties, among them Nginyang SDA Borehole in Tiaty, Baringo county.
The borehole had broken down in December 2016 forcing residents to walk long distances in search of water.
“It is great to see residents use the borehole. It had some mechanical problems and when it was brought to our attention, we moved with speed and repaired it within one week,” said Dr. Mohamud Said, Governor, KRCS. “We are happy to note that water if flowing very well,” added Dr. Said.
The borehole is currently serving 7,000 community members and 800 pupils in the surrounding schools, with two tanks with a capacity of 100,000 litres and 50,000 litres respectively.
“We suffered for two months without water until Kenya Red Cross came to our rescue. The residents and animals had to consume unclean water from a nearby construction site. Some schools were on the verge of closure. Most of us even lost our livestock but we can now smile,” lamented Luka Loriko, a resident of Nginyang.
The borehole is part of the 51 earmarked for rehabilitation in other drought affected counties. Rehabilitation of Tangulbei Water Supply and Yatya Centre boreholes in Tiaty have also been completed.