US government pumps in Sh25 billion for water exploration in Turkana
The US government has pledged Sh25 billion for water exploration in drought ravaged Turkana county.
Ambassador Robert Godec on Sunday said that Turkana’s underground water was sufficient enough to be supplied to entire semi-arid Northern Kenya. He said mapping will also establish how the water resource will be exploited.
“We have supported this project with Sh250 million dollars… It will help understand what is available and how we are going to access it,” Godec said.
Speaking in Lodwar after launching the mapping, Godec said the underground water will also be supplied to neighbouring West Pokot, Marsabit and other Northern Kenya counties.
Two aquifers were discovered near Lodwar and Lotikipi in Turkana in 2013, with capacities of 10 billion and 200 billion cubic metres respectively.
Godec also launched another Sh3.8 billion US – funded water supply project aimed at supplying clean water to homesteads in the region.
The Kenya Rapid programme, together with an accelerated value chain project will enhance livestock quality in the pastoralist communities.
He praised Turkana Wind Power project, saying it will soon generate additional 310 megawatts of electric power to national grid.
“Wind power will be bring back over Sh660 million to the local communities as corporate social responsibility,” Godec said.
He lauded devolution, saying it has helped transform lives in marginalised areas.
“There are good indications that devolution is genuinely making a difference in many counties,” he added.
He said the US government will support peace building initiatives in the drought and banditry-hit areas of the Northern Kenya.
Turkana governor said the support will compliment the county government’s efforts to end water scarcity in the county.
“We welcome the support by our development partners. It will help us realize our development goals faster,” Nanok said.
Godec was accompanied by Marsabit governor Ukur Yattani, CSs Eugene Wamalwa (Environment) and Willy Bett (Agriculture).