The mean distance to the nearest water point in Marsabit County stands at 25 Km(County Government of Marsabit, Integrated Development Plan 2013-2017). Classifed as Arid and Semi Arid Land (ASAL); 60 per cent of the population in the County heavily rely on boreholes, springs and wells.
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme seeks to Promote Sanitation and Hygiene Practices that will ensure the optimal use of Water and Water Facilities with greatest impact on Public Health in Marsabit County. Under the WASH Programme, Caritas Marsabit continues to identify key Sanitation and Hygiene challenges and at the same time; design and implement WASH initiatives in the County.
The WASH programme supports community-based water supply projects aimed at building community initiatives to access water for domestic and livestock as well as sanitation and hygiene. The Programme supports construction of water and sanitation facilities such as earth dams/pans, wells, boreholes, storage tanks and institutional improved ventilated pit latrines (VIPL).
The communities are empowered through water governance by the establishment of water users associations (WUA) legally registered with relevant authorities and training using adult participatory methodologies. The water is used as a rallying point for promoting resource-based conflict resolution mechanisms, unity, peaceful coexistence and building resilience against climate change.
Through the Programme, Caritas Marsabit continues to construct and Rehabilitate community Boreholes, Water Pans, Sand and Earth Dams among other water provision initiatives in the County.