Leading water and energy solutions provider, Davis &Shirtliff, has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide accessible water to groups of people living in Dagahaley refugee Camp facing acute water shortage.
The project is set to curb scarcity of water in the camp which is located inside Dadaab, dubbed as the world’s largest refugee camp and lower the cost of accessing water for Garissa County residents.
This comes at a time when the Kenyan Government has said that it will close Dadaab which is 80 km west of the Somali border, citing that it has become a hive for the Al-Shabab armed group that has claimed responsibility for terror attacks in Kenya.
David Gatende, CEO of Davis &Shirtliff said that the project is crucial despite the ongoing repatriation and the water is not only slated to help the refugees but the residents in the community.
“Repatriation is a long term process. Water will always be a necessity as long as there are people at the camp be it refugees, NGO’s or even host community. The project will curb the water shortage and lower the cost of providing water,” Gatende said.
Davis &Shirtliff was tasked with the solarization of 5 existing boreholes. This now means that the boreholes in the camp can provide 2 million litres of water per day and are powered by the energy from the sun.
Gatende said that the Ksh39 Million project will benefit about 87,000 people living there who are mostly refugees and also members of the Garissa County.
Scarcity of water, food, insecurity and constant contraction of disease have rocked the Dagahaley camps for years.
Gatende suggests that solar pumping should be taken up to ease the menace.
“Drilling and equipping boreholes alone is not enough. The high operation and maintenance cost is unsustainable. A long term solution would be to determine the water requirement by the population and explore sustainable methods of meeting the demand.” Gatende says.