byELIJAH GICHORA via web
As the KALDRR WASH program implementation period comes to a close, the Kamotonyi community in Marsabit county looks into the future with more hope. The seasonal river that used to be dry after long periods of dry spells will no longer be the same.
Water will now be permanently stored in the river sand and accessed through an infiltration well rather than scooping from the sand. This has been effected as a result of the construction of the Sand Dam across the Kamotonyi river through FH Kenya a MWA Kenya Implementing partner
The sand dam has already harvested water from the recent rains that will now be permanently be stored in the sand and accessed by community and the nearby school all the year round.
A sand dam is a wall(weir) constructed across a river section well anchored to the basement rock and to the river banks to ensure its stability and performance. An infiltration gallery is a structure put in place within the sand storage area to ensure filtration of water before collection at the well. The surrounding environment is also expected to change in a matter of time.
FH Kenya is ensuring that in the coming weeks, the Kamotonyi community access safe water through the infiltration well which is at the final stages of completion.
A similar sand dam has been constructed in Illaut community in the same county to improve water access for the community members.
In the implementation of these projects FH has closely partnered with the county government and the beneficiary communities.