Kalawa Ward is arguably one of the driest parts in Makueni County, continually battling water scarcities. Residents trek for long distances to fetch water from points that the county government has continued to develope across the expansive ward.
A partnership between the Makueni county government and World Vision is projected to change the situation with the aim of making the ward one of the water secure wards in the county.
The two institutions are co-funding the Athi-Kalawa Sanitation Project meant to distribute water to 80 % of the ward area. The project involves pumping water from Athi River to Wii hills, construction of a treatment plant, construction of a 500 cubic meters reservoir and three distribution lines (Kalawa, Miangeni and Syotuvali) for communal water circulation.
World Vision National Director Lilian Dodzo in a courtesy call to Governor Kivutha Kibwana said the project purposes to cut the distance to the nearest water point for households to a maximum of 500 meters. The project is 30 percent done and phase 1 is expected to be complete before the end of the year according to the CEC for Water and Sanitation Rosemary Maundu.