Busia County Government has received a Mobile Water Treatment machine, three Honda generators and three collapsible tanks worth millions of shillings from Lake Victoria North Water Basin Authority for emergency use in floods prone areas of Teso and Budalangi.
Speaking while receiving the equipment from LVNWSB Environment Officer Ibrahim Oluoch at Mundika Water treatment plant on Wednesday, Busia County Executive Committee Member for Environment Bernard Yaite said the donation was courtesy of the National Government through the Kakamega-based LVNWSB in partnership with the Busia County Government.
He hailed the donation which he said will be of great benefit to Busia residents inemergency and normal times, adding that it will help curb waterborne diseases like cholera and typhoid.
Yaite said the equipment to the County Government by LVNWSB will help in the acquisition of clean water in floods prone areas to minimize the outbreak of water borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.
The CEC member promised to have two staff from the Environment department undergo training to enable them operate the machines.
The Mobile Water Treatment machine has pumping capacity of 6,000 liters of water per hour while the three collapsible tanks have a capacity of 10,000 liters each. The rechargeable generators will be used in power supply.
Oluoch said the program was part of drought mitigation funds set aside by the National Government through Water and Sanitation improvement Program (WASIP).
Oluoch called for safe custody of the machines and gave a three years warranty for repairs machine breakdowns. Busia County will meet fuel and personnel costs.
Photos: Busia CEC for Environment Bernard Yaite (right) receives a Mobile Water Treatment machine from LVNWSB Environment Officer Ibrahim Oluoch in Busia on Wednesday. Looking on is County Director Water Joseph Olubero.