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Water is life. Water as a resource is a critical to all forms of life. Every person must have water in-order to strive on earth. A lack of water or a lack of clean and safe water is the greatest causative agent of death especially for the residents of dry areas like Mbeere district (with a population of 170,000 people) where water availability and accessibility is fairly poor. In this District, Rainfall is bi-modal in nature with annual average of between 640 and 1110mm(Republic of Kenya, 2001). The rains are however not very reliable because most parts receive less than 500mm per annum. The long rains are experiences between April and June while the short rains fall from October through December. Although the residents are believed to have houses with rooftops, they are however taken seasons of long rainfalls for granted. Due to no/or little awareness they do not make good use of rainwater. The project therefore aims at addressing this critical issue through two-fold approaches:
- To create awareness to the household in the district on the value and significance of alternatively making good use/storage of rainwater during long rains seasons (April and June) for later use especially in the regions where water availability and accessibility is poor compared to other regions of Kenya.
- To provide the residents of Mbeere district with over 2000 modern rainwater tanks. In addition to providing them with free rainwater tanks to be installed from their existing rooftop structures, the project will educate the families on proper and appropriate use of the tanks, and a better way of capturing, filtering and storing rainwater for cleanliness and safety to prevent diseases.
Development of Project Concept:
Phase 1: Research/Needs Assessment
Phase 2: Awareness/education on rainwater aggregation
Phase 3: Distribution and installment of over 2000 Rainwater Tanks in the homes/households in Mbeere districts
Phase 4: Access and Usage of clean water for domestic and environmental purposes
Phase 5: Follow-up, evaluation via direct observations, surveys and interviews to measure success.