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Nakuru County allocates KShs. 1.1B for water projects – KBC

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Nakuru County Government has allocated Kshs. 1.1 billion for water projects. Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the move would contribute to sustainable development in the county and a lasting solution to water scarcity.

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In an interview with Kenya New Agency, he noted that the Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company (Nawassco) is providing water because of the growing demand in the city and its suburbs due to the growing population.

He said the company has the capacity to produce 45,000 cubic meters of water daily against the demand of 70,000 cubic meters.

“In order to close the deficit in Nakuru City and all 10 other counties we need to invest heavily in drilling, building dams and also sharing water resources from other counties,” he added.

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The governor said that water coverage in the devolution unit has increased to more than 60 per cent from 42% four years ago through drilling, increased plumbing and rehabilitation of existing water projects.

Said Kshs. The 27 Million Mau Conference Water Water Project in Kamara Ward within Kuresoi North Sub-County serves 7,000 households in the area while Kshs. The 6.9 Million Nyondia Water Project in Malewa West Ward within Naivasha Sub-County distributes tap water to 500 houses and institutions in the area.

The Nyondia project includes a well, a storage tank at the distribution center, and solar panels.

His administration has distributed a Ksh100 million water project in North Kuresoi aimed at achieving 60 percent access to water and reducing water scarcity in Sub-County.

Governor Kinyanjui said he has partnered with the National Government in an ongoing project in Delamere to supply water to an industrial garden in Maai Mahiu.

“In Subukia Sub-County I commissioned the Akuisi Borehole Project which will serve Kabazi, Waseges and Subukia Wards, Subukia Sub-County. Digging, enabling and fitting the solar power system for the project was done by the County Government for Ksh 6.2million.

In the same area Kshs. The Sugutek 2 Million Water Project serves more than 400 households. It also includes a livestock irrigation canal, ”the governor said.

However, he noted that parts of Gilgil, Molo, Njoro, Kuresoi North, Rongai, Naivasha and Kiamunyi are most affected by water shortages, forcing the county to seek other short-term measures.

He said major long-term solutions are underway including the construction of the Itare Dam in Ndoinet Kuresoi North and the National Government in collaboration with the Rift Basin Water Services Board which oversees the development and management of water resources in eight counties. as well as Nakuru and Baringo.

The Itare Dam, whose construction stalled after its Co-operative Muratoi Cementist Di Ravenna opened a bankruptcy three years ago, is expected to provide clean drinking water to nearly 800,000 Nakuru County residents. The dam is expected to provide 100,000 cubic meters of water per day.

However, Governor Kinyanjui urged Nakuru residents to conserve and harvest water. He added that several short-term measures have been implemented such as allocations where required, water supply and water vessels where the County has committed 16,000 liter tanks to deliver water to key areas and facilities such as hospitals.

The governor noted that the County Assembly had approved a number of laws aimed at conserving the environment, adding that people had invaded and cultivated near rivers and caused danger to source areas.

He called on residents living along the rivers to plant more trees.

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