Approximately 650 households in Faza Village, Faza Island are undergoing metering installation in readiness for access to piped water with the whole water connection project in the village going at a cost of approximately Sh 20 Million .
Upon completion, the County estimates that these households will have clean tapped water in the coming weeks, for the first time since Kenya’s independence.
According to Lamu Water Services Company (LAWASCO) Acting Managing Director Wainaina Paul Kimani, the County is putting up the finishing touches to the project ahead of launch.
“We have laid the groundwork for piped water in Faza Island. The pipes have been flashed and both sump and elevated tanks installed. This metering installation paves way for access to tap water in the coming weeks,” said Kimani.
Faza Ward has benefited from flagship water projects at a cost of Sh.118 million in Kizingitini, Tchundwa, Myabogi, Mbwajumali Siyu, Pate and Mtangawanda consist of water pipeline extensions over a total distance of 105 kilometers, and households connections.
The water projects in the Island are part of flagship water projects in Lamu East and West that form part of the County’s grand project, dubbed ‘Mai Mekoni’, the revolutionary project that aims to provide centralised drinking water supply and tap water to a 100% of Lamu’s population.
According to Governor Fahim Twaha, solving Lamu’s water scarcity and inaccessibility will basically break the existing barriers of the historic inequality.
“The value of water and water footprint is central to human and economic activity, and this problem shouldn’t be allowed to continue any longer because it extends the marginalization. It is our vision that every household in Lamu East and West be connected to piped water, ” said Governor Fahim.
Historically, Faza Island locals have depended on rainwater for their domestic and economic water needs stored traditionally constructed ‘Djabias’. With climate changes, the level of rains have reduced compounding the water issue to a health risk and costly affair.
“The quality of water in our village has been extremely poor and we have suffered from water-related ailments. But now that we are getting water at home, we expect ailments like diarrhea to reduce dramatically. It is also not making financial sense to purchase water expensively when life is tough,” said Fatuma Mohamed, a resident in Faza Island.