In the Lake Basin region, the traditional water sources for domestic use have been un protected springs, rivers, streams, water pans and lakes. Less than 30% of the rural population has access to safe and clean water within a reasonable distance. In order to improve the health and welfare of the rural population, the Authority has since the 1982 implemented water and sanitation programmes with the aim of providing safe and clean water, which is easily accessible, in adequate quantities and at affordable cost. This programme involves construction of bore holes, hand dug wells, dams, water pans, wells, springs’ protection and sanitation facilities.
The organization has also conducted detailed research, feasibility studies and created opportunities for additional projects such as the community based projects. Over the years, these studies have guided the Authority in the development, packaging and implementation of technology transfer programmes and projects throughout the Region. The programme and projects are implemented through Technology Transfer Centres which are strategically located in the LDDA’s area of operation. The Centres include; Lichota, Alupe, Muhoroni, Sangalo, Lunyu, Kibos, Muhoroni, Kapsabet, Kodera, Borabu, Rongo, Rae and Kimulot.
The strategic nature of location and spatial spread of the centres allows for quality and ease of access and maximum benefit by the local communities. The technology innovations and best practices are packaged and demonstrated in these centres for up take by the local communities within the QMS parameters. These include; aquaculture, low cost building materials, value addition of agricultural produce, natural resource conservation and agribusiness. Objectives of the technology transfer Centres are to:
• Capacity build the local communities
• Demonstrate best practices
• Avail quality seeds i.e. in calf heifers, fish fingerlings, and rain fed rice, soya beans and horticultural tree.
• The project will be in two phases. Phase 1 will involve scoping study and stakeholder consultative meetings, feasibility study and preliminary designs, environmental and social impact assessment and detailed designs. Phase two of the project will encompass the construction of an ultra-modern public market facility with trading stalls, water and sanitation facilities, drainage canals, a ring road, a ring road, administrative offices, access pavement, waste management facilities and boundary walls. The phase will also include protection of the Koigo River wetland and the nearby spring.
• Estimated Project cost: Ksh.157,841, 060.93
Located in Homa Bay county and under implementation in partnership with African Development Bank (AfDB), the project aims to provide access to water for own-farm improvement, community empowerment and food security. It also involves community mobilization for uptake and infrastructure development.The outputs are: water for irrigation, aquaculture, horticulture and rice farming.
The project will:
Provide water for irrigation on 1, 475 ha of land
Enhance environment conservation and catchment management
Increase revenue generation due to proper land use
Improve living standards
Increase food security
The project is estimated at Kshs. 3.5 billion