Performance and sustainability of community water supply projects in Kipkelion East Constituency, Kenya
Rutto, Kirui Emmanuel
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The key objectives of this research project was to determine the effects of performance and sustainability factors of the Community Water supply projects e.g., government funding, staff management, modern technology, Social cultural factors and other factors that are affecting the sustainability of the Water Supply Projects; It’s important to note that with the distribution of large amounts of C.D.F funds by the Kenyan government to the rural constituencies has had a positive effect on a variety of the constituencies in the country. However, many of the projects have ended up collapsing either within the project period and have not been able to proceed further after termination. This has Raised many concern in investigating the performance and sustainability of the water supply projects in Kipkelion East constituency. This research w aimed at a target population of 10 selected water supply projects. The respondents included Project Managers/Chairpersons, Vice Chairperson Treasurers, Secretaries, Community Members, Project Facilitators, and other Administrators The study design was descriptive. Stratified random sampling was used where the 10 water projects established were visited by the researcher to obtain primary data. Secondary data was obtained from past document records obtained at the Londiani CDF constituency office. The Data Collected was classified and tabulated in a systematic manner with the use of SPSS version 21 software package. Qualitative data was analyzed by making inferences from the statements made by the respondents on the questionnaires around the variables. The data used was presented by use of frequency distribution tables, percentages, Pie Charts, and Statement of Count Score Tables and explanation presented in prose. The findings of the study indicated that Staff Training, Managerial Impact, Technological, financial and social-cultural impact do influence the performance and sustainability of community water projects. The study concluded that that a good number of the water management committee members were familiar with the performance and sustainability condition of the water supply projects and hence able to give reliable information. The study recommends that Water Source Conservation Interventions such as Water Catchment areas, Rain Water harvesting, to be introduced in Water Project long term plans to meet the objective of Water Project performance and sustainability.