The upgraded Malaba water treatment plant constructed at Malaba in Teso North Sub-County is projected to serve over 80,000 households, up from 17,000, in Kocholia, Amagoro, and Malaba town.
The upgrade involved the construction of a 6000 cubic metre new water system, which will purely rely on gravity to supply water from River Malakisi to a treatment plant and further to reservoirs for distribution. This will tremendously reduce the monthly power bills of over 200,000 to almost zero.
The additional rehabilitation of the solar power plant, with a capacity of 40KW, will further boost the efforts to pump water to Mwari hills tank sites for subsequent water distribution to areas of Angurai and Kolanya.
County Government of Busia in conjunction with development partners, has allocated KES 30,000,000 to this project with more efforts to push for unlocking of Ksh 400 million from the national government, to support the connection of water to as many residents as possible within the mentioned areas.
Governor Paul Otuoma’s visit to Malaba today is part of government’s preparedness to host H.E President William Ruto, who is set to commission the project and officially hand it over to County Government of Busia.