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Homesteads, institutions in Maragua get connected to clean water

Homesteads, institutions in Maragua get connected to clean water


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

KNA by Bernard Munyao

Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (Muwasco) has embarked on connecting homesteads and public institutions with water. This comes after President William Ruto announced a month ago that Maragua dam will be managed by Muwasco.

Since its completion in early 2023, the Sh. 1 billion dam has been under management of Murang’a South Water and Sanitation Company (Muwasco).

In one month, the company has connected more than 1, 000 homesteads. It targets to have more than 20, 000 homes connected with clean water by June this year.

On Tuesday, scores of local residents applauded efforts by Muwasco to supply them with clean water for domestic use saying they have suffered for a long period.

They said that water is now accessible at their homes as the company continues to install water pipes to connect more homes and institutions with the commodity.

Some of the institutions which already have been connected with water include Murang’a Technical Institute, Maragua Level 4 hospital and a number of secondary and primary schools.

Principal of Murang’a Technical Training Institute Mr. Robison Wachira lauded the move saying the institution was earlier relying on water sourced from borehole and nearby streams.

“With availability of clean water in our institution, hygiene will improve and students will be saved from contracting water borne diseases. The supply of water from Maragua dam is steady and there is no rationing,” said Wachira.

The water connection, Wachira added, is a big relief especially to students taking hospitality and plumbing courses.

“The neighbouring community is able to access water from some taps connected from our school,” he added.

Scores of residents lauded the move to have the dam managed by Muwasco expressing hope that water coverage in Maragua Sub County will go up. Water coverage at Murang’a county stands at about 70 percent but in Maragua sub county water coverage is below 30 percent.

The dam with capacity to produce 860, 000 cubic meters of water on a daily basis was purported to tackle water shortage in the sub county.

President’s announcement brought to end the wrangles pitting Muwasco and Muswaco on management of the dam.

“I can access water in my home compound. This has relieved me of going for almost a kilometre to fetch water,” said Anne Njeri, one of the residents.

Courtesy; KNA

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