Ngogithi Water Project

The Challenge

Frequent drought conditions meant that the residents of Ngogithi sub-location in Kieni East were often forced to walk long distances in search of water and regularly had to rely on relief food. The only water supply for Ngogithi was a furrow (small canal) built in 1936 to channel water from the river five kilometres away; however, perennially low water levels in the river and see pages along the canal hampered the furrow's ability to supply the community's needs By 2006, it could only serve 21 of the 200 intended households in Ngogithi.

The Intervention

Faced with a continuous struggle to secure enough water for their needs, the community came together and decided to improve the efficiency of the system and minimise water losses by converting the furrow into a pipeline. The Foundation and ActionAid International Kenya (AAIK) partnered with the community to help them upgrade the water system and sufficient water for both domestic and irrigation use now reaches 300 households in Ngogithi. The community received just over KShs 8 million in funding from the Foundation, which was used to pay for constructing the tanks, the piping and the necessary skilled labour. Community members carried out most of the manual work themselves, digging the trenches and laying the pipes.

The Impact

Ngogithi Water Project consists of an intake works (a concrete weir across the river and an intake chamber, a 225,000 litre distribution tank and 16 kilometres of pipeline (five kilometres of mainline pipe and 11 kilometres of subsidiary pipes, distributing water to individual plots).