State unveils clean water storage plan

Irene Githinji @gitshee

The government plans to implement a strategic water storage programme, which aims at increasing number of Kenyans connected to safe pipe water by nine million people by 2022.

The programme is also expected to increase proportion of households with access to safe drinking water from the current 60 per cent to 80 per cent by 2022, with focus directed on informal settlements and arid areas.

President Uhuru Kenyatta made the remarks yesterday when he launched the Ministry of Water and Sanitation’s Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) cycle 2018 in Nairobi yesterday.

The programme aims at fast tracking immediate priorities and actions within 100 days as a framework of the Ministry of Water’s performance in the next five years. The President said provision of clean water to Kenyans will go a long way in attaining his Big Four development agenda.

The strategic water programme, will see construction of a number of dams including Itare and Siyoi Muruny in Nakuru and West Pokot counties while others such as Thwake (Kitui) and Thiba (Kirinyaga) are in their final stages of stakeholder engagement.

Later this year, President Uhuru is expected to launch Mwache dam in Kilifi, which has a supply capacity of 186,000 cubic metres of water daily to address shortages in Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi counties.

The President said plans are also at an advanced stage to implement the Mzima 11 pipeline to supply 105,000 cubic metres of water daily to Taita Taveta and other coastal regions.

Other dams to be launched soon under this new programme are Bosto (Bomet), Bonyunyu (on Kisii and Nyamira borders) and Karemenu 11 in Kiambu. Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui said key decisions have been made to address existing water challenges.

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