COHESU & Usoma : Water and Sanitation Committee Project
Updated: Mar 4, 2018
Usoma is a peri-urban community adjacent to Lake Victoria, approximately 8 kilometres from the city of Kisumu in Kenya. Despite being located close to a major municipality, Usoma
lacks access to municipal infrastructure, such as piped water or sewage facilities.
Residents rely on Lake Victoria as a main water source, as well as local wells, ponds and
streams. Open defecation is still an issue, providing opportunity for faecal contamination of
water sources, and the proliferation of gastrointestinal diseases. Many drinking water sources are heavily contaminated with biological
contaminants, making the water unsafe for consumption. Therefore, while access to lake water is not an issue for this community, access to safe water is.
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