The Chiga Water Project

This project is modeled on the communal, peri-urban water kiosk model.

A water kiosk in Zambia.

A water kiosk in Zambia.

The initial step in this model is creating a steady access to clean water, year round.  In Kisumu, Kenya, this was accomplished by drilling a borehole (also known as a huge well) to the sea-level water table to provide water access and drip irrigation year-round.

The initial borehole was completed last year, and the first kiosk built on-site to provide clean water access to the people of Chiga village.

The next step in this model is to expand into local villages and build water kiosks to provide a centralized location for clean water access to a community in need.  Pipes must be laid, easements obtained, and a kiosk built to a community’s specifications and interest to maximize community buy-in and impact.

Why not drill a borehole in every village?

Because they are so large, boreholes are expensive to drill.  The pump system themselves are very costly, and the very act of drilling a hole down to sea-level is expensive.  While drilling wells instead in the individual communities might be cheaper, because of the seasonal nature of the rains in Kenya, the wells dry up for months at a time.  To provide access year round to clean water, the wells must reach sea-level.  It is simply not cost effective to do this in every village.

So what are you doing?

On the ground in Kenya I will be working on the first expansion of this water project.  Two communities will be served by this first kiosk, Kadiju and Kamrongo.

My priorities are three-fold:

  • To work with the villages to maximize impact through community involvement and sensitization.
  • To build the kiosk, from obtaining easements to plans for on-going maintenance.
  • Creating a blueprint for further expansions, from community identification to impact assessment.