The Kirkau Primary School WASH Project was launched in June 2017, funded by Steamboat Rotary Club, three otther district club ($15,000), a District Grant ($15,000) and a GLobal Grant ($22,500). Due to this support - the school has a complete water and sanitation system and enrollment grew from 12 in 2017 to 45 pupils in 2019, a trend that is expected to continue. A total of 56 households have now individual household connections while a similar number collects water from the only communal water point.
The communities to the West side of the area are on a higher elevation than can be served by the available head at the water tower. Currently, the 20 connections in this area are served through direct pumping which gives them intermittent supply and experiencing frequent pipe bursts due the high pressure from the pump. An additional storey at the water tower is necessary to increase the water head in order to effectively serve this community.
Proposal is to include a total of 30-50 households including the 20 who have intermittent supply.
Objective: The overall objective of this proposal is to enhance community well-being, self-reliance and sustenance through water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives through the increasing of the water head so as to serve the communities on the higher elevations on the Western side of the school.
Activity 1: To alleviate the challenge facing the community on the higher elevation West of the school, we propose to build an additional story on the water tower so as to increase the water head in order to serve the community by gravity, thus proving continuous supply and also reducing the pipe bursts caused by the high pressure generated by the pump during direct pumping into this service line. The tank and necessary materials will be purchased locally and local and experienced labor will be hired to undertake the work, supervised by a water engineer, who was involved in the original project and who has worked closely with Rotary before.
Sustainability: A separate Water Management Committee is set up with detailed terms of reference with a separate Water Project Bank Account. All payments are receipted and efforts are underway to enable consumers to make all payments directly to the Water Account. All connections including the greenhouse, the school ablution block and the community water point so as to ensure that we can account for every drop of water even when the school does not pay for the water used at the toilet and the greenhouse.
Community inputs: In anticipation of the additional floor (storey) on the water tower, the community has raised and installed a 500m pipeline of diameter 1.5inch and 20 households are now connected who are served intermittently through direct pumping. The consumers hold regular meetings to discuss progress and get to know each other better. The project will be overseen by the Madaraka Rotary club of Nairobi and the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club. The Project is ready to start in June 2019 with funds already available from the Steamboat Springs club ($6,000) and the Madaraka Club in Nairobi ($1,000).
The Steamboat club will coordinate with The Makaraka Club in Nairobi which has committed to provide $1,000 as their contribution.