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Newly Launched Sh 17.2 Million Water Project Expected to End Sanitation Challenges in Lamu.


Residents who have for decades been enduring poor sanitation in Lamu are optimistic that the newly launched Sh 17.2 million water project will help end the problem.

The project partly financed by the Kenya Government as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation intends to improve the general sanitation and hygiene levels in the county, particularly Mokowe Town.

The project is being undertaken by the Lamu Water and Sewerage Company (LAWASCO) after successfully securing funding from the Water Sector Trust Fund (WSTF) Organization.

The program also seeks to provide sustainable sanitation through provision of better toilets and safe water.

WaterFund Program Officer Fresiah Muiyuro says at least 200 households in Mokowe are being targeted under the organization's Up-scaling Basic Sanitation for the Urban Poor (UBSUP) Programme.

The programme emerged among the top 10 institutions in the prestigious 2019 United Nations Public Service annual awards.

Ms Muiyuro said they were working with at least 20 water service providers in various counties including LAWASCO in undertaking the project."We received about 42 applications from water service providers from various counties who requested for funding from the agency to help improve toilets and upgrade sanitation. Only 20, Lamu included were approved for the funding which is also under the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,” said Ms Muiyuro.

LAWASCO Managing Director Paul Wainaina said the project will allow small urban areas like Mokowe access clean water and sanitation.

Mr Wainaina said their decision to concentrate on Mokowe is because the town has seen an influx of people coming to settle in the area due to the upcoming new port project LAPSSET.

“We’ve already begun issuing cheques to individuals in the various households within Mokowe to undertake toilets upgrade. We intend to do 200 toilets in the first phase with all the works expected to be ready in three to four months time,” said Mr Wainaina.

Mr Ahmed Baishe, a beneficiary of the project said he is confident all problems arising from poor sanitation and hygiene will be ended through the newly launched programme.

“We’re tired of going to the bushes to relieve ourselves. We’re looking forward to the construction of the 200 toilets as well as improvement of the general sanitation levels here at Mokowe,” said Mr Baishe.

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