Bordered by Lake Victoria on the west and Tanzania to the south, Migori County is tucked into the southwest corner of Kenya. Almost one million people live in Migori, and yet more than one in four communities in the county lack latrines and other basic sanitation services. Without toilets, open defecation is prevalent, leading to higher rates of diarrheal disease and other illness.
The County has two main water service providers: Migori Water Company and Nyasare Water and Sanitation Company. Both suffer from operational inefficiencies, including high non-revenue water levels, estimated at 65 percent. Non-revenue water is the difference between the volume of water supplied to a water service provider and what is sold to customers. It might include unbilled or unmetered consumption, illegal consumption, metering inaccuracies, leakage in distribution pipelines, service connections or storage infrastructure.
Key KIWASH interventions in Migori County include:
Water Access and Distribution
- Supporting the two main water service providers to improve their management and operations, including a focus on reducing non-revenue water waste and the development of a 5-year strategic plan.
- Extending Migori Water Company’s network to increase the number of households with safe and reliable water access.
- Training and increasing the management capacity of 13 small water enterprises to improve their operational efficiency and expand their customer bases.
- Protecting water sources and training community members in water conservation techniques.
Governance and Policy
- Supporting the County as it develops its water policy to streamline water and sanitation service delivery in line with the National Water Act 2016.
- Spearheading efforts to customize the Environmental and Sanitation and Hygiene (2016-2020) policy.
Sanitation and Hygiene
- Promoting the integration of hygiene and sanitation within Migori County health services through training on key health and WASH interventions and best practices, developing job aids to reinforce trainings, and distributing WASH promotion kits at health facilities and at special events to attract community members.
- Empowering and supporting communities as they pursue Community Led Total Sanitation and Open Defecation Free certification by helping build latrines, teaching and reinforcing hygienic practices such as handwashing, and establishing community monitoring plans to ensure progress continues.
- Building capacity of a critical mass of frontline service providers particularly CHVs and CHEWS, artisans, masons and organized community groups to encourage adoption of desired WASH behaviors at household and community level.
- Expanding source water quality protection through spring protection activities, water resource mapping in catchment areas, tree growing and erosion control activities.
- Increasing climate change resilience in drinking water source planning, development and design of systems/services.