Kijabe Water Project Concept Design Approved! (15/7/11)

Yesterday was a big day for the Kijabe Water Project…we presented the concept design to the Senior Management Team for their approval, and they approved it and the proposed way forward after 2 hours of discussion!

This is a major step forward towards successful delivery of the Project…we now transition from the Concept Design Phase to the Delivery Phase, and our first activities include:

-Apply for grants to fund the project.  The Construction Cost is budgeted at 64m Ksh (Kenyan Shillings) or around $750,000 USD, and we need to raise a total of 52m Ksh or $600,000 USD.
-Apply for statutory approvals (underway)
-Develop the concept design to a completed detailed design including For-Construction drawings
-Develop a procurement plan and shortlist likely suppliers and contractors

…all with a view to starting construction in early 2012.

This approval is an exciting and encouraging step forward, and for a non-profit Hospital that regularly operates above capacity with doctors and nurses who work long hours (many of whom are volunteers), the possibility of not having to worry about getting sick from the water coming out of the tap is just a breath of fresh air.

One of my activities in the last week has been to try to quantify exactly why we need a water supply upgrade…this is important for grant applications.  Living in Kijabe, it’s fairly obvious that an improved supply of water is a critical priority…we lose water pressure regularly and can’t drink the water without significant filtering or boiling.  But the hospital has specific needs which go beyond the broader truth that we are among the more than 1 billion people around the globe who don’t have access to safe drinking water.

In addition to water shortages, we regularly experience bacterial (faecal) contamination (including e coli) of the water supply, requiring boiling of the water to prevent illness.  An improved water supply with chlorine disinfection is required:

-For nurses to make formula for infants;
-To bathe children before surgical procedures;
-To provide an uncontaminated source of water for immunodeficient (HIV/AIDS) patients.  When healthy people drink water contaminated with bacteria, there is a risk it will make them sick, but when immunodeficient patients use it, it can be life threatening;
-For staff to clean hands and equipment; and
-For hydration and taking medicine.

Here’s the physical scope of the project that has been approved:

-Replacement of the existing 5 m3/hr pump at Monkey Corner Spring with a new 19 m3/hr pump.
-Extension of electrical power to the pump station site to power the new pump
-Construction of a new water transmission pipeline from the new pump station to New Water Supply Tanks (8 kilometres long)
-New Water Supply Tanks located near the existing Kijabe Main Tank with a nominal storage capacity of 3 days’ Average Daily Use (ADU)
-A chlorination system located near the New Water Supply Tanks to disinfect the water supplied to the Kijabe Hospital Water System
-Suitable physical security considerations around the new pump station.  The risk of damage due to vandalism is high.
-Interconnections between the new supply system and existing supply system to allow for backup/emergency supply as required.

Here’s a map showing Monkey Corner Springs (a 300 metre hike up a mountain from the road), the location of the new pump station (road level), the 8 kilometre new transmission pipeline, and Kijabe (location of the new storage tanks, chlorination system and hospital):

Satellite view of the Kijabe Water Project

We will be starting to apply for grants/raise funds in coming weeks, and if you hear of any potential donors/funding sources to whom we might apply please don’t hesitate to let us know!




Author: steeres

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  1. Excellent. So glad there was a positive response and the ability to coach Africans in this process. Yay God and good job, Andy!!

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