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Government Water and Sewerage Projects on target in Nairobi

Government Water and Sewerage Projects on target in Nairobi

Nairobi,

Thursday, March 28, 2024

KNA by Bernadette Khaduli

The construction of the Ndakaini-Kigoro water pipeline to Gigiri tanks water transmission pipeline, a project being funded by the French Development Agency at a cost of Sh8.049 billion is expected to benefit over 1.2 million people.

Engineer Alphaxard Kitheko from Athi Water Works Development Agency said the massive project which is currently at 93 percent complete is expected to deliver an additional 140,000 cubic meters of water per day to Nairobi which is currently being supplied from Sasumua dam, Ruiru dam and Ng’ethu-Ndakaini dam system.

Kitheko said the project which is being constructed by China State and is expected to be complete by June 2024 is located in the three counties of Nairobi, Kiambu and Kajiado.

“This project that has received funding to the tune of Sh6.94 billion will include the laying of 55kms raw and treated water pipeline,” he added.

The Engineer was briefing the National Government Development, Nairobi Regional/County Implementation Coordination and Management Committee on the status of the projects and programmes undertaken by the Athi Water Works Development Agency in a meeting chaired by the Nairobi Regional Commissioner Katee Mwanza held on Wednesday at the Regional Commissioner’s Boardroom, Nyayo House.

He at the same time announced that the construction of 11.8km Northern collector tunnel funded at a cost of Sh9.2 billion by World bank is complete and operational and will deliver an additional 140,000 cubic meters of water per day to serve 1.2 million people.

“The aim of this project is to support the healthcare, housing and settlement as well as transform the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises economy,” he stated.

Eng. Kitheko also informed the committee that expansion works were still on going at the Dandora Estate Sewage Treatment Plant project in Ruai funded by the government at a cost of Sh997 million to expand seven waste water treatment ponds and increase treatment capacity by 20,000 cubic meters per day.

He said the project which is currently at 95 percent complete, targets to benefit at least 200,000 people, healthcare, housing and settlement and to transform the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises economy.

Kitheko however, pointed out vandalism of the treatment plant wall as the major challenge to the project.

Other projects being undertaken by the Athi Water Works Development Agency include the construction of Nairobi informal settlements water and sanitation intensification works funded by African Development Bank, it includes construction of 25 ablution blocks and 35 kms of simplified sewers to achieve at least 700 last mile household connections which will be located in Dagoretti, Embakasi, Kamukunji, Kibra, Makadara and Mathare sub counties.

The African Development Bank has also funded the constructions of the reticulation sewer project at Kahawa West, Githurai and Kahawa Sukari at a cost of Sh2,154 million and the Kasarani-Mwiki sewerage improvement project at a cost of Sh1, 794 million targeting 110,000 beneficiaries which are on-going.

Regional Commissioner Mwanza told the Regional and County heads of Departments’ to submit the reports of the government funded projects and programmes they are undertaking to enable the Committee fast track, implement, monitor and evaluate them.

“We need the reports so that the committee can advise and if there are bottlenecks we escalate them to the next level,” he said.

The RC also called upon Kenya National Highways Authority, Kenya Urban Roads Authority and Kenya Rural Roads Authority to work as a team and in collaboration with the Sub County DCCs so that the projects and programmes they are undertaking run smoothly.

Courtesy; KNA

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