It is all smiles in Musembe, in Chekalini Ward of Lugari Sub-County, Kakamega County, after Governor Wycliffe Ambesta Oparanya officially commissioned the Musembe Dam Water Supply project.
The Sh100 million project, which is part of Oparanya’s long-term initiative dubbed Amatsi Khumukuru (Luhya phrase meaning ‘water at the doorstep’) is set to solve the water problem in Kakamega County and is expected to benefit over 24,000 residents in Chekalini Ward.
The county premier, in his speech during the commissioning, said the dam, which is fitted with containerized water treatment technology, can produce 100 m3/hr and is flexible enough to allow expansion based on population growth.
Apart from serving homesteads, the dam will pump water to many institutions in the ward through the ongoing last mile connectivity scheme to be run by the Water Rural Company with close supervision from the Department of Water and Environment.
Oparanya said the program will be implemented everywhere in Kakamega County.
“I affirm to Kakamega residents that indeed the Amatsi Khumukuru program shall be realized and sustained across the county,” he said.
The Governor confirmed that of the Sh340 million grant received from KDSP, Sh262 million was spent on the development of water projects, while the remaining Sh78 million will be spent this financial year to address last-mile connectivity, which has kicked off.
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