Busia County Government moved in to avert water crisis in Port Victoria and its environs that had affected operations at the Sub County hospital.
Chief Officer for Water Mr Moses Weunda led a team of engineers to Port Victoria Water Scheme to carry out repairs of the pumping machine, in the exercise that lasted over five hours starting 6pm on Saturday.
Apart from the fault in the mortar, Water Executive Dr Isaac Alukwe had engaged Kenya Power and Lighting Company in candid talks after it disconnected the electricity supplies at the scheme following a stand-off between Parliament and the Senate on division of revenue.
Addressing the press shortly after 10.30pm, Mr Weunda thanked the technical team from the department for a job well done that saw normalcy return after taps ran dry.
The Chief Officer also thanked residents of Bunyala West Ward for their patience and KPLC for agreeing to the department’s request to return power until the standoff over division of revenue was sorted out.
Mr Weunda said both Port Victoria and Sisenye Water Schemes in Bunyala Sub County that are managed by the County Government are serving over 2000 households, adding that USAID will pump in Sh30m for modernization of Sisenye water scheme.
He thanked Bunyala North Member of the County Assembly Fredrick Musirimba for allocating Sh16million from the Ward Development kitty to invest in pipeline distribution from Sisenye Scheme.
“The County Government under the leadership of H.E Sospeter Ojaamong is doing what it can within its means to ensure services are not interrupted despite the current cash crunch facing counties.
Water Director Eng. Raphael Waswa said the current mortar is benefitting over 12,000 people, noting that the installation of the other pumping machine with a capacity of 50cubic meters per hour will increase the water coverage by over 50 per cent.
A Port Victoria resident Mr Silas Owiti thanked the county government and more so his high school alumni Mr Weunda for acting fast in averting the water crisis.
“As Bunyala Professionals, we are happy with the speed at which the Department of water acted; I have no words to express our gratitude considering that water is life,” he said.