Launching into the Future: A New Water Plan for Busia County

A young lady collects water from a water kiosk in Busia town. Photo credit: USAID/KIWASH

The Busia Water & Sewerage Services Company (BUWASSCo) currently only serves just over one-quarter of its population of 784,000 with clean, safe drinking water. That is about to change.

On July 26, KIWASH joined BUWASSCo, Busia County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, and other county representatives to launch a five-year strategic plan aimed at improving and expanding water services.

BUWASSCo’s mission is to provide safe, reliable, and affordable water and sewerage services in a sustainable manner to the residents of Busia County. To achieve this goal, the plan identifies four areas for improvement over the next five years:

  1. Water, sanitation and sewerage infrastructure development
  2. Operational efficiency and customer service
  3. Financial sustainability
  4. Institutional capacity strengthening

Speaking during the launch, the County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said, “We appreciate the efforts of our partners in USAID who are working hand-in-hand with BUWASSCo to help deliver quality water and sanitation services to the people of Busia County.”

The launch of the five-year strategic plan set the foundation for BUWASSCo to receive a service provision agreement from the Lake Victoria North Water Services Board. The agreement mandates the company to be the main water and sewerage services provider in Busia County.

Through this important step forward, KIWASH is helping ensure more Kenyans have improved and sustained access to safe water and sanitation services. 

This story is reprinted from the September 2017 issue of KIWASH Updates and is also available on the KIWASH blogUSAID’s Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project works to improve the lives and health of one million Kenyans in nine counties. The five-year project (2015–2020) focuses on the development and management of sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services and increased access to irrigation and nutrition services.

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