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Incomplete boreholes deny Meru residents water

Incomplete boreholes deny Meru residents water

  • Phares Mutembei 05th May 2019 22:00:00 GMT +0300

More than 30 boreholes sank by the Meru county government cannot be used for lack of equipment. Millions of shillings were used to implement the borehole projects but residents cannot draw water, because they are yet to be equipped. Out of the 35 boreholes sank by the former county government, only six have been equipped. Of the 100 boreholes sank under Governor Kiraitu Murungi, two in Igembe North are not in operation. “It beats logic that our money was used to dig the boreholes that were left incomplete. We need the boreholes done 100 per cent by being fitted with electricity and pumps or they will be a waste of our money,” said Daniel Koome from Laare, Igembe North. Despite the boreholes containing large volumes of water, there is nothing to pump it out with. Others were found to contain high salinity and declared unsafe for human consumption. Ntunene ward rep Jediel Maua said water from one borehole at Linjoka, on which some Sh5.7 million was spent, could only be used for livestock after a report by the Government chemist found its salt concentration too high. County Water Executive Eunice Kobia said it would require Sh90 million to equip the 29 boreholes sunk under former Governor Peter Munya's administration. “We need Sh90 million to do that, but we have very little budget,” she said. She said some ward reps had agreed to equip some boreholes in their wards using the Ward Development Fund. Until then, residents may have to wait longer to enjoy the benefits of the boreholes. "There was no point of sinking boreholes which are not operating. It is frustrating that we have water near our homes but cannot draw it," said Jared Kimathi, a resident.

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