Kisamis Town Facing Serious Water Problems

Hellen Parsitau, a mother of four, walks for an hour and half each way from Eluai village to fetch the free water. She used to buy water for Ksh5 per gallon in nearby school but they no longer sells water. She further said “there are other vendors in the area but I cannot afford Ksh30 per gallon”

Residents of Kisamis Town and the surrounding areas are facing serious water problems. Revival Gospel Church has been supplying water to the town until a few months ago when the water supply was stopped due to what residents claim to be unpaid electricity bills. The church borehole was funded by Dr Gilbert Smith, of the Apostolic Revival Center – Miami USA. It was commissioned on 12th September 2008 by the late Prof. George Saitoti who was then Kajiado member of parliament. As a result, the price of water has hiked from Ksh10 per 20ltrs Gallon to between Ksh30 and Ksh50. A sales person at Namelok (Private) water point, told our reporter water is delivered to them using a truck, which increases the price.

The water hole still has safety issues since there were rumors a dead dog was dumped in the well a few years back. Some people claimed indeed the dog was thrown as a sabotage strategy by a water vendor, in order to influence residents to buy water. There is no fence around the borehole, and the only obstacle to prevent someone planning to harm the community is a piece of metal and a rock.

The only community water project in the area which was funded by international donors ceased operation years back due to what some residents claim was mismanagement, internal wrangles, vandalism and local politics.
There is a free borehole next to Kashanga River, but it doesn’t have enough water to satisfy everyone. People travel as far as an hour and half to fetch water there. Construction sites in the area are also taking advantage of the free water. A mason working in a nearby site told our reporter, they recently fetched 80 gallons of water from the well for one day use.

The water hole still has safety issues since there were rumors a dead dog was dumped in the well a few years back. Some people claimed indeed the dog was thrown as a sabotage strategy by a water vendor, in order to influence residents to buy water. The rumor cannot be ignored since there is no security to prevent such evil intentions. There is no fence around the borehole, and the only obstacle to prevent someone planning to harm the community is a piece of metal and a rock.

A drinking area infrastructure next to the Kashanga well which was built during the colonial period purposely for rhinos. Nowadays it’s used by cattle.

In comparison, a gallon of water in Kerarapon and Gichagi in Ngong cost Ksh2. That means the amount a resident of Kisamis Town spends to buy one gallon of water, residents of Gichagi and Kerarapon can buy between 15 and 25 gallons.