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Oloontulugum water project expected to improve Kajiado’s food basket

Governor Lenku has challenged the area residents to take advantage of the water supply to do irrigation

By Albert Lemomo

Dalalekutuk residents will now breathe a sigh of relief from water stress after Governor Joseph ole Lenku commissioned Oloontulugum water project yesterday, Monday.

Lenku addressing the residents during the commissioning exercise said more that 700 residents are expected to benefit from the water project.

He lauded World Bank partners for jointly funding the project with the County Government of Kajiado under the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Programme.

“This is one of its kind water projects in our County which uses solar powered technology and will be very effective in management of operation cost,” said Lenku. “It is integrated for domestic use, livestock and irrigation,” he added.

The County Boss challenged the local community to take advantage of the reliable water supply and do start farming projects through irrigation that will generate income and improve on the County’s food basket.

Lenku recalled the water challenge faced in 2017 at Oloontulugum area that forced the County leaders to organize an impromptu harambee to purchase a pump that was an emergency response for the acute water shortage. “Am glad this village will from today enjoy fresh water for their various uses,” asserted the Governor.

The water project has a water kiosk and two troughs for livestock use and an ablution block for use by farmers in the area.

The project has a reservoir tank that can hold 135,000 litres while the borehole yield is 22,000 litres per hour.

Among those other leaders who accompanied the Governor were Kajiado Assembly Speaker Johnson Osoi, County Secretary Samuel Seki, CECs Jackline Koin (Agriculture) and Michael Semera (Water) and Chief Officers Leacky Ritei (Livestock Development) and Moses Murrunya (Agriculture).

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