Using renewable energy to enhance access to clean and affordable water supplies in Kajiado
Mainyoito Pastrolists Integrated Development Organization (MPIDO) has been working with the community to enhance access to clean and affordable water resources.
MPIDO has been building the capacity of the community to ensure they benefit from the borehole for their domestic and livestock watering. With the escalating fuel prices, the cost of water is becoming expensive hence denying many households access to this essential commodity which might be a source of conflict in future. Many people cover long distances to water their livestock thus not able to address any other socio economic activity. It is against this background that MPIDO in partnership with the community has been exploring the option of using solar water pumping system to replace the diesel generator as well as pump the water to higher level where it can flow by gravity to two other locations where they can build watering points for households that cover long distances to access water.
The main objective of the project is to enhance access to sustainable, clean and affordable water supply using renewable energy technologies in Kajiado County of Rift Valley province. The project will seek to achieve the following specific objectives:-
To replace the existing Diesel pumping system with a sustainable energy system ( Solar water pumping system
To reduce cost of water, distance covered by the Oloontana community and ecosystem damage by livestock through building of two new water points.
To engender sustainability water access through project replication, linkages
 

Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Mainyoito Pastoralists Integrated Development Organization (MPIDO)
Country:
Kenya
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Operational Phase:
Phase 5
Grant Amount:
US$ 44,029.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 15,482.21
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 54,408.22
Project Number:
KEN/SGP/OP5/FSP/CC/14/04
Start Date:
7/2014
End Date:
5/2015
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
As the community realizes the benefits in terms of reduced costs and distance to the water points, they will embrace the technology. Reduced maintenance of the equipment will provide the community with resources to address other domestic need as well as support the project incase of requirement. To ensure sustainability of the project MPIDO and partners will ensure the community understands the benefits of the project to them as well as train the local community leadership on water conservation.
Notable Community Participation
This project will be designed in a way that the community will be involved from the planning to commissioning. MPIDO will also conduct community awareness forums and project planning through awareness and sensitization forums. The project will also develop a water distribution network including a reservoir set up point with the community leaders. The community will work as the labour force for the project and will help in implementing most of the project activities including building the two water points.