22nd August 2019
Principal Secretary Ministry of Water and Sanitation in Murang’a County
The Principal Secretary Mr. Joseph Irungu, MBS embarked on a development visit to Murang’a county starting by inspecting Ithanga Water Supply, which is 84% complete and located in Gatanga Constituency with an estimated output of 3,000,000 litres per day. The project is set to benefit over 90,000 residents.
The PS also undertook groundbreaking of Mithundukuini Community Water Project which will increase existing water supply by 360,000 litres per day; due for completion by October 2019. During the occasion the PS emphasised the need to fast track projects in the area to benefit residents with piped portable water.
Next stop for the PS was Rwegetha Water Treatment Plant and Karangi Water Treatment Plant which are part of Gatanga Community Water Projects. The PS commissioned both projects which are set to benefit more than 60,000 residents. The scope of the project entails Rwegetha Water Treatment Plant, Karangi Water Treatment Plant ( both with a 300,000 litres per day capacity) and laying of 27 km treated water pipelines.
The PS also inspected Kiarutara Community Water Project and assured residents of his drive and desire to ensure every resident of Murang’a has access to safe, clean and reliable water supply.
He annexed the event by flagging off water pipelines to be laid in the area so as to increase water access for the residents.
Ministry of Water and Sanitation and AWWDA Works Development Agency held a consultative forum on 13th November 2018 with top Kiambu county leadership on the status of water projects in Kiambu County.
AWWDA is implementing projects worth approximately 52B towards increasing water coverage for Kiambu County. The Cabinet Secretary Water and Sanitation was seeking the support of the leaders in implementation of water and sewerage projects in the region.
Kiambu County governor H.E Hon. Ferdinand Waititu reiterated the need to increase water supply for the people of Kiambu. He also highlighted the plight of the residents of Kiambu County claiming the need for sufficient water and pending issues of land compensation.
The consultative forum reached a consensus to meet together before proceeding to field visits especially Karimenu II Dam Water Supply which is currently at Resettlement Action Plan stage. They also agreed to work together towards alleviating water shortages and sewerage in Kiambu County.
Mr. Simon Chelugui, Cabinet Secretary For Water and Sanitation, CAS Ms. Winnie Guchu, PS Mr. Joseph Irungu inspected various projects in Murang’a County to ascertain the progress in line with the Rapid Results Initiative which was launched by His Excellency Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.
The top ministry delegation inspected the Northern Collector Tunnel Phase 1 sites, Kigoro Water Treatment Plant, Raw and Treated Water Transmission pipelines in Murang’a. They were critical of the pace and demanded efficiency in implementation of the projects.
The projects inspected are part of the 4th Nairobi Bulk Water Supply which will help mitigate the rising demand for water in Nairobi County and its environs. The Northern Collector Tunnel is an integral part of initiative as it will alleviate perennial lack of water in homes by boosting water levels in Ndakaini Dam set to benefit more than 1.2 Million residents.
The Cabinet Secretary Water and Sanitation Hon. Simon Chelugui led Principal Secretary Joseph Irungu, Chief Administrative Secretary Ms. Winnie Guchu, CEC Nairobi County Mr. Larry Wambua, Ag. CEO Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Eng. Nahashon Muguna , Athi water Chairman Wachira Maina Keen, CEO Eng. Michael M. Thuita and nairobi residents in launching and commisioning of projects as part of the Rapid Results Initiative.
The Project launched by the Cabinet Secretary was the Nairobi Sewerage Intensification Measures project at Parklands. The project aims to reduce release of sewerage to rivers in Nairobi by repairing broken or clogged manholes leading to sewerage spilling to existing streams and rivers in Nairobi.
The CS also commissioned Kayole II Community Water Supply and Embakasi Health centre borehole both constructed by AWWDA Works Development Agency in conjuction with the County of Nairobi. The boreholes will augment existing water supply in Kayole and Embakasi areas.