Kiunga’s increasing strategic positioning in Kenya has seen a growth spurt and a demand for clean water.
The border town’s population now stands at 4,584 from 3,300 a decade ago, creating a deficit of clean water per day.
To address the gap, Lamu County Government has purchased and installed a new 5m³/Hr Desalination Plant, with capacity to purify 5,000 liters of water per hour.
This new infrastructure, a headliner of the Kiunga Water Project, complements the existing 2m³/Hr Desalination Plant, that purifies 2,000 liters of water every hour, assuring Kiunga residents of 7,000 litres of clean water discharged every hour.
The complete project, 70% done, will cost Sh.50 million and will further involve:
-The construction of a 15 Km water pipeline,
– Piping and connection of over 573 households,
-Fabrication and installation of 15m high steel elevated tank
– 50m³ Sumptank
– Installation of solar pumping and solar generator for the existing desalination plant
-Construction of ablution blocks
– Sanitation for Kiunga Primary School; 6 number 4 door VIP latrines
Kiunga village which has never had piped water services since independence is a key beneficiary of the Lamu County’s ‘Mai Mekoni’ Water Project in both Lamu West and Lamu East . The revolutionary water project aims to provide centralised drinking water supply and tap water to a 100% of the Lamu population which is a key agenda in H.E Governor Fahim Twaha’s manifesto.