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Rain water harnessing in adequate rain, Household use water shortage Nkandone village.
Explain your idea in details:
The main objective of this idea is provision of clean drinking water to the residents of Nkandone village. This will be achieved through massive rain water harvesting. The area is lucky to receive adequate rains twice per year. I am seeking financing to buy water storage tanks as well as construct concrete ones. Once the water harvesting and storage problem has been solved, next step will be supplying the rain water at very affordable price. The selling of water will be automated by use of a prepaid water dispenser and people will be fetching this water from a central point. Chlorine or silver balls treatment will be incorporated to prevent biological contamination.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The affordable water will save people money. Currently residents during the dry season buy water at Kes 1 per liter (Exchange rate 100 Kenya shilling =1USD) and during very dry times, water goes for Kes 50 per 20 liter jerican which translates to 2.5 Kes per liter. My aim is to sell this water at 0.5 Kes per liter, which is still expensive but 2 times cheaper!! This water costing residents an arm and a leg is not treated/purified rather the water is hard ground water fluoride levels and other mineral contaminants levels have not been made public therefore higher that the WHO approved levels cannot be ruled out. With the reduced price and availability people will feth as much clean water as they need for cooking and washing.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The first phase of this project will be purchase of ten 10,000 liter tank and five 20,000 liter tanks costing about 500 US Dollars and 800US Dollars respectively. In the first season after starting 200,000 liters of water will be harvested. Expected revenue will be 200,000/20=10,000*10=100,000 Kes about 1,000 US Dollars. The harvesting cycle is possible only 2 times per year. There is room for increasing prices but affordability is the key problem I am hoping to solve. Starting with fewer tanks is also an option to me and expand with time. These tanks will be connected to a gutter system for water collection and connected in a series for water dispensing. This is expected to cost about 2,000 USD (including the entire set up) At the end of the connections, a prepaid water dispenser will be installed for automated dispensing of water whenever the neighbors/potential customers run out of their harvested water. I and my 2 brothers aged 34 years, and 29 years will be co-financing the project on equal basis, and we will share the revenues at the same ratio. Problem is the payback period will be long approximately 6 years.
My name is Florence Kanini Ngore, I was born in 1988 (30 years now) at Nkandone village where I lived until after competing my university education in 2011 when I moved to Nairobi city. I am a Bachelor of Commerce graduate, I have a day job as a Finance Admin. During my early years up to the year 2001 I was living at the village through out, and the water shortage patterns were regular, where people from lower area (more dry) came up to fetch water in large numbers. We (my home) also used to fetch water by carrying a 5,10 or 20 liter jerican on the back. In the year 2000 we got piped water which lasted for 3 years then the project collapsed due to mismanagement and lack of water from the source. Currently at our home we have about 40,000 liters harvesting capacity for own domestic use and selling to neighbors when in plenty. It is this current arrangement that validates my idea