The House has passed a resolution urging the County Executive to allocate resources towards the purchase of a borehole drilling machine. This move aims to address the issue of water shortages in the County, especially in remote areas that are currently underserved.
The motion, tabled by Hon. Francis Kuria (Malewa), emphasized the importance of tackling water scarcity in the region and highlighted the financial burden the County Government currently faces in drilling and casing boreholes. It was noted that the cost of drilling and casing a single borehole through tendering processes range from Kshs. 2.5 Million to Kshs. 3.5 Million, depending on the depth and nature of the rock and soil formation.
In response to this challenge, the House has urged the County Executive to purchase a borehole drilling machine as a more cost-effective solution. The machine is expected to significantly reduce the cost of borehole drilling and casing, enabling the County Government to drill more boreholes and provide water to more communities within its budget.
Honourable Members noted that the County is a water-scarce region that requires deliberate interventions to cushion residents from water shortages. While the County Government has made efforts to address water shortages through various measures, including borehole drilling, a long-term solution that is sustainable and cost-effective is needed.
The purchase of the borehole drilling machine is expected to have a positive impact on the lives of Nakuru County residents, providing them with clean and safe water and improving their quality of life.
The County Government has been urged to prioritize the purchase of the machine and put it to immediate use to address the pressing issue of water scarcity in the region.