Community Water Initiative

Provision of Community Water Project

Most TVT Village projects are located in arid and semi arid regions, which are prone to draught every other year with severe consequences and loss of lives for both animals and people.  Lack of reliable sources of water for domestic, livestock use and irrigation is a major obstacle in the way of poverty reduction for rural villages in these areas.

Provision of Community Water Project

Most TVT Village projects are located in arid and semi arid regions, which are prone to draught every other year with severe consequences and loss of lives for both animals and people.  Lack of reliable sources of water for domestic, livestock use and irrigation is a major obstacle in the way of poverty reduction for rural villages in these areas.

TVT has therefore been working with various supporters in order to get a long lasting solution to the current problem of water in all its focal areas by sinking a borehole for each village. Poor sanitation and lack of water also contributes to high incidences of faeco-oral infections, infestation of warms and diarrhea diseases. Malaria remains the leading cause of outpatient morbidity in such areas. Problems related to poor sanitation will therefore be minimized by the availability of safe drinking water.

In addition, bore hole water has continued to enable villages to undertake green house farming and fish raring. The cost of sinking a standard bore hole for a village, with approximately 10,000 residents, with a pump and a  water storage tank, costs approximately  Kshs 2.1 million (US$ 25,000).  One such project has been financed by CNOOC, a Chinese oil exploration company operating in North Eastern Kenya, at a cost of US$20,000 for residents of Ngundune community in Meru North. Photos on the progress of the project are available in the photo gallery.

Drilling of Community Boreholes

Post Implementation Project Management

The main objective of the TVT is to ensure that all community projects are sustainable by generating its own income to maintain the operating costs of the borehole. TVT will assist in establishing a community water committee to manage the project by charging a fee of a maximum of 50 Kenya cents per a 5 litre container. These collections will cover the salary of the watch man and equipment repairs and maintenance of the water pump.