Water & sanitization
Seje | Kenya

Water Expansion Project

Water Expansion Project - Seje - Kenya
In progress
Project Status
In progress

One of the greatest health concerns of Seje community has been the lack of treated drinking water; many community members have suffered unneccesarily from water borne ailments. Efforts had been made to drill bore holes in the community, they were unsuccessful and it became clear that a larger vision was needed.

In 2008 Community Bible Church, Water Mission International, and the local community based organization came together to begin a project that would pump water from the Yala river through a purification system up to a holding tank and onto 3 strategic water point locations at Seje Glory Centre Primary, Glory Centre Seje church, and His Blessings School.

A supplemental booster pump and another water point in Mugungu were added in 2013.

In 2015 two new water points were added in Bar Olengo community, miles of trenches hand dug by members of the community bringing the water to 6 points. A generator is set up to run all night to keep the tanks full and the water moving out to all points

In 2019 the system was revamped, the changes in the system increased the distribution of water from 10,000 to 30,000 cubic meters a day. When the system is running at full capacity it is now servicing as many as 2,000 families (an estimated 12,000 people) in the region.

The system has faced a number of challenges, but it continues to provide clean water and better health throughout the community.

Latest update

Maintenance on the water tower

The water project has been running steadily since 2008 providing clean fresh water to the community. Creative management, upgrading and routine maintenance have been needed along the way for all parts of the project.

A plan was devised and a ramp was assembled which allowed the large tanks, which were emptied of water, to be carefully rolled down the ramp to ground level

Water continued to come to the main tap at the school, but only on days when the municipal water tap was turned on. This created some hardship for the community, but they knew the maintenance was necessary and they were thankful for the hook up with the Siaya water system that allowed them to continue to have some water on some days.

The wood planking on the top of the tower was replaced, any steel on the tower that needed additional support or replacing was taken care of, maintenance to the solar panels was performed, and the corroded pipe elbows, taps and piping that move the water up and down from the tanks were all replaced with new fresh pieces.

After all the maintenance was completed the tanks were rolled back up on to the renewed tower and the system was refilled and ready to get back into the business of supplying the daily needs of a thirsty community.

The engineer on the project was involved in a motorcycle accident during the work and sustained a serious head injury. Silas and the community praise God that he survived and is recovering well.

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