Machakos County Government has partnered and signed an MOU with Novartis, Davis and Shirtliff, and Equity Group Foundation to rehabilitate three high yielding boreholes, serving up to 10,000 people in Kyaani, Ngu-Nyumu and Mitaboni villages in the region.
The partnership was developed in conjunction with Rotarians from Rotary Club of Syokimau and Nairobi Magharibi which will ensure full rehabilitation of the three boreholes.
Speaking during the launch of the project Tuesday, Machakos Deputy Governor Eng. Francis Maliti said the partnership between the County Government, private sector and Rotarians to rehabilitate the three high yielding Solar powered boreholes, will ensure provision of clean water to not only the residents in the locality but also to local hospitals and schools.
Eng. Maliti added that in 2013 when they started working the boreholes were less than 100 but have risen over 600 to date.
He noted that after a borehole serve the community for about two years, it breaks down and needs proper maintenance and that is where Davis & Shirtliff comes in because they have the best technology for boreholes.
During the launching, Davis & Shirtliff donated Sh1million that will go into rehabilitation of the three holes with the Managing Director Mr. Edward Davis adding: “At D&S we are committed to improving lives through water and energy solutions. We have completed 87 projects in 2021 alone, which has helped in increased access to water and energy solutions across Kenya.”
Davis said that through the partnership they are glad to lend their resources and expertise as they are the leaders in water and energy solutions.
On his part, Mr. Eric Naivasha, the Equity Group Director of Energy, Environment and Climate change said that through the partnership, they are committed to planting 10,000 trees at Kyaani, Ngu Nyumu and Mitaboni in Machakos county as part of their 35 million tree planting initiative.
“Our aim is to protect the environment by planting 10,000 trees in the Kyaani, Ngu nyumu and Mitaboni villages and enlighten them on maintaining the environment,” said Naivasha.
Naivasha added that the tree planting initiative is in support of the Government’s goal of increasing the country’s forest cover to 10 percent by 2022.
Anthony Mwangi, Head of Novartis East Africa, said that at Novartis they envision a world with equity in health for all and are keen on actionable solutions that contribute to driving improved healthcare across the continent.
Mwangi said that even though Novartis was a leading Global Medicine Company, they care about quality human lives and rehabilitating the boreholes in Machakos was a way of saving lives by ensuring access to clean water by all.
Machakos County receives approximately 600 mm of rainfall annually. However, the erratic distribution of the rainfall has contributed to lack of consistent flow of clean water to the County.
The region is home to about 1.26 million people who rely on surface and rain water supply. The County has continuously worked towards augmenting the natural means with alternatives such as boreholes, water pans and large dams.