The Keroka Town water supply and sanitation project is part of the larger “Keroka-Isebania Water Supply and Sanitation Project”. The Keroka Town component is estimated to cost Ksh. 366 million and involves construction of a new water supply system to meet the 20-year demand of water. The system once completed will increase the water production from the current 300,000 liters/day to 3,300,000 liters /day and will serve an ultimate population of 59,400 up from the current 32,500 people. The system will eventually complement the existing system that was recently rehabilitated at a cost of 31 million under the short term intervention under the same programme.
The success of the project lies from the support of African Development Bank (ADB) which has extended to Kenya especially in the water sector over the recent past. ADB’s assistance has led to development and improvement of water supply infrastructure and water resources management. Among other projects, ADB has funded Lake Victoria Water Supply and Sanitation Project -Phase Two (LVWATSAN II). This is a grant project to East African Community for its 5 member States with the main objective of improving the health and quality of life of the Lake Victoria Basin population. This is being done through protecting the environment and contributing to the reversal of the lake water pollution through improvement in sustainable water supply and sanitation infrastructure to 15 secondary towns in the Basin.
The benefits expected from the anticipated improved water supply are fundamental to the well-being of Keroka residents. Access to safe, clean water opens up a world of possibilities for community development. The wastewater treatment interventions will generate significant benefits for public health, the environment and for certain economic sectors such as fisheries, tourism and property markets. This project will and has greatly brought a significant development in the area this, ensuring that the livelihood of the residents are protected.