Nairobi Center Program Helps Bring Fresh Water to Dertu

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Nairobi Center Program Helps Bring Fresh Water to Dertu

June 03, 2015

Nearly 3,000 households, schools and a health center in Dertu now have access to fresh water.

Begun in March, the project replaces a communal borehole that had produced water that was too salty for direct consumption.

Dertu Project team members inspecting the livestock watering trough.

The project involved:

  • Pipe trench excavation, laying and joining 4500 meters of three-inch pipeline;
  • Construction of eight valve chambers and one  livestock watering trough;
  • Laying and joining one kilometer of distribution lines

Eager to have fresh water, the community collaborated with the Millennium Villages Project in the selection of the contractor, subsequent monitoring and supervision on of pipe laying works. The collaboration saw positive results registered within two months by May. To date, a total of 4500 meters of pipeline has been excavated, laid and joined. A livestock watering trough and eight valve chambers have been constructed and water distribution lines (each 500 meters) to two communal water points – Bula Crush and Bula Gudut – have been successfully laid.

An estimated 3,000 sedentary households in Dertu can now access fresh piped borehole water in addition to three institutions (Dertu primary, Dertu Girls Secondary, Dertu Health Centre).

Residents draw fresh water from an existing water point in Dertu center.

Following the successful completion of the projects, a celebration will be held before June 18, 2015. The event will be the highlight of the first phase when the Millennium Village Project staff will join the Dertu Water Users Association members and the Dadaab Sub-County Water Officer in handing over the project to the community for sustainability purposes.

Phase two of the project is underway and it is expected to be completed by end of June. The works under phase two involve the construction of two water kiosks and the extension of water distribution by another kilometer to the next village, Bula Noor. By the end of the second phase it is estimated that an additional 150 households will benefit from this extension.