Work, play but no rest for BATUK this week

The BATUK JCB's have been hard at work improving the dam built by the British Army back in the 1940's. Photo: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

A team of British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) engineers have been hard at work helping to improve water capture and storage around Doldol this week.

They have been working on a dam which was originally built by the British Army back in the 1940’s, while Kenya was still part of the British Empire. Now, as part of the Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP), BATUK JCB’s are being used to improve the dam and ensure it continues to function with measures put in place to reduce the likelihood of flash flooding and future breaches.

Launched in October 2016, MKEWP is a partnership of public, private and civil society organisations committed to socially acceptable, economically favourable and environmentally sustainable management of water resources in the Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment area.

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BATUK engineers have been working hard to improve water capture and storage around Doldol. Photo: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

BATUK recently worked with the organisation to install a 10k litre water tank for the Simama Project in Nanyuki which was part of the unit’s commitment towards expanding local communities’ ability to harvest water through tanks, dams and boreholes.

While some BATUK personnel were hard at work on the dam project, some of the families joined Kenya’s largest adventure tourism company, Savage Wilderness to test their nerves whilst white water rafting.

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Savage Wilderness was founded by bush pilot Mark Savage’s when, after watching a rafting video, he realised the potential for rafting on the wild Kenyan rivers he regularly flew over.

Mark’s first boat and a set of paddles were purchased a few months later, and some volunteers signed up for the first non-commercial trip down the Athi, launching the company which is still operating 25 years later.

Not only was the activity great fun, it also gave the families a chance to get out and experience some more of what Kenya has to offer.

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