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Voiceof themembership
What is themost critical issueaffectingyouraccess towater?
February2016 IssueNo. 5
“In an areawhere there are few dams and
boreholes, a number of issues continue
to affect sustainability of our natural
water sources. There is a need to integrate
traditional andmodernwater harvesting
methods and storagemethods. The
changes occurring in our ecosystems due
to overgrazing, illegal logging, increased
population and diseases from contamination
ofwater are all sources of problems
associatedwithwater scarcity.”
“We face the challenge of how to improve
water quality every day. Rehabilitating our
dam and protecting the riverswould be the
bestway to solve this. Inmy area, there is no
flowing river;we are forced to solely depend
on rainwater. “
“Our area is dry, so people only get water
following heavy rainfall that comeswith ex-
cessive sediments in it like sand, twigs and all
sorts of litter from upstream. This automati-
callymakeswater quality poor even though it
is available.”
Scout atKuriKuri Chief’sCamp
“The environment inwhichwe live is directly
linked to ourwell- being.We don’t have
enough dams or boreholes andwith dry sea-
sons life literally comes to a pause, during the
wet seasons our animals and families thrive.”
Boardmember IlMaamusi “
Contamination and pollution affects the qual-
ity ofwaterwe get, people have fallen sick
after drinking uncleanwater that they have to
walk for long distances to fetch. Itwould be
a great idea to provide the communitywith
storage tanks.”
“We depend onLikii River. In dry
seasonswater is rationedwithout notifying
us and inwet seasons thewater that flows
downstream is so polluted from the litter
especiallymolasses that Chang’aa brewers
pour in the river. The number of adults and
childrenwho get sick fromTyphoid, Cholera
andAmoeba is quite high in our area.”
“I have nomoney to buy huge storage tanks,
I depend onwater from dams andwater pans
and since it is not readily available, I have
towalk far to fetchwater formy family to
drink, cook andwash.”
“My fellowwomen and I alwayswake
up as early as 4:00AM to go and fetch
water.We have towalk a distance of ap-
proximately 10 to 15Km.You cannot be
scared ofwild animals because you need
water. Normally, you carry 20 liters on our
back and hide an extra 10litres in the bush
that youwill fetch later in the evening to
“LWF should probably train thosewith iron
sheets to use gutters in order to harvest water
from their roofs. InMakurian,mypeoplewho
are adversely affected by scarcity ofwater are
fromKandanaVillage because there are no
dams or boreholes there. I belong toEnywa-
toloshoWomen’sGroup andwe have been
trying to buy storage tanks so thatwomen can
start storing thewater they fetch.”
“People have not yet received proper under-
standing ofwater harvesting and how to har-
vest.With disappearing rivers andwetlands,
rock catchments and surface run-offs should
be embraced especially because of longer dry
seasons and fewer rainy seasons increasing.”
“The erosion here is high partly because of
excessive uncontrolled sand harvesting. There
is further pollution from agricultural chemi-
cals and other sources upstream that have
led to deterioration of the environment that
includeswater quantity and quality.”
“Water touches every aspect of our lives.
Activities like forest destruction, increase
in population, fewer dams and animalwater
points alsomake the unavailability ofwater
almost a crisis and a potential conflict during
“Dry seasons are costly; your neighbours
will definitely borrowwater if you have
some in your storage tank. Inworst cases,
people here have had to dig sandy areas in
search ofwater.We believe sand cannot
holdwater;most of it seeps into the ground
and is stored below. The other challenge
is that people don’t have latrines here, you
can never know until you realise thewater
you drink is contaminated.”
“All thewater pumps inDolDol, KuriKuri,
Loisukut andKopio have broken down, we
cannot grow anything here. During extreme
droughts, the government has brought in
Water bowser fromNanyuki but people can-
not eatwater! They need to help us in the
agriculture sector too.”
“We normally get pipedwater fromKeranga
Water Project andNAWASCO to use but in dry
seasonswe fetch from the river 3kms away. The
shortage isworsened by the upstream abstrac-
tion activities usually for agriculture purposes;
the little that trickles downstream is usually
muddy. It is not enough for the community and
our animals to drink.”
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