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Tackling the Nairobi City Water Menace

12th June, 2020

Resident of Nairobi are expected to reap benefits of the Northern Collector Tunnel (NCT1) as it is expected to be complete by December 2020. The tunnel will boost existing water supply to Nairobi by 140 million litres per day.

The NCT 1 is under the 4th Nairobi Water Supply project which is set to provide reprieve for residents of Nairobi and its environs up-to the year 2025. The project consists of Kigoro Water Treatment Plant, Raw and Treated Water Transmission Pipelines. Athi Water Works Development Agency is also modifying water distribution networks for Nairobi through laying of water transmission mains to significantly improve distribution for under served areas.

The Agency is also planning on various interventions to improve water and sanitation for Nairobi, Muranga and Kiambu County. Residents of Muranga can also look forward to better water and sewerage services as 900,000 people are set to benefit from projects to improve water supply and a water master plan for Muranga county. We have also drilled boreholes across Muranga County to ensure a larger population have access to portable water.

The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Hon. Sicily Kariuki (Mrs) E.G.H while inspecting ongoing works on NCT 1 in Muranga County emphasized the need to fast track efforts to complete the project within the set timelines while also adhering to Ministry of Health guidelines. She was accompanied by Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Andrew Tuimur, Athi Water Works Chairman Hon. Eng. John Kiragu Chege, C.E.O Eng. Michael M. Thuita, C.E.O National Irrigation Authority Mr. Gitonga Mugambi, Director Peter Kihungi and other senior officials.

A New Dawn Beckons for Kiambu Residents

20th May, 2020

The Cabinet Secretary Ministry Of Water &Sanitation and Irrigation Hon. Sicily Kariuki today inspected ongoing Kiambu – Ruaka Water Supply project accompanied by Chairman Hon John Kiragu Chege, CEO Eng. Michael M. Thuita and Ag. MD Nairobi Water Company Eng. Nahashon Muguna.

The project is set to drastically impact water and sanitation for Kiambu, Ruaka, Thindigua and its environs who do not have viable options. The area has encountered massive demographical changes that has not been in tandem with water and sanitation works.

Athi Water Works Development Agency is constructing 108 kms of sewer network, laying 30 km water supply pipeline, expanding the existing Kiambu Waste Water Treatment Plant, drilling 6 boreholes and building 4 sanitation blocks to serve the residents of Kiambu, Ruaka, Thindigua towns and its environs.

The project is 20% complete and set to benefit more than 40,000 residents of Ruaka and 60,000 residents of Kiambu town with improved access to water and waste water management services. The residents can also look forward to having the best quality water through the registration of small – scale water service providers which will ensure consumers getting borehole water are ascertained of the portability through regular quality checks.














Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki, (Mrs) EGH inspected the ongoing activities to enhance water supply to communities in informal settlements to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The National Treasury has allocated Kshs. 200 million to drill boreholes and install elevated tanks in the informal settlements in Nairobi City. The emergency measures will see 200,000 residents in the informal settlements supplied with an additional 2 million litres of water per day by the end of April. The areas set to benefit are Kibera, Mukuru, Kawangware, Kayole Soweto, Korogocho, Mathare, Kangemi and Dandora.

The CS was inspected ongoing works at St. Elizabeth Primary School in Mukuru slums. She confirmed that drilling of 20 boreholes and construction of 51 elevated steel tanks of 24,000 litres capacity to increase storage and availability of water within the informal settlements has already commenced.

We will immediately commence distribution of 500 water tanks to supplement water supply in areas with inadequate 24-hr supply. The Agency will also commence registration of all water bowsers in Nairobi County to ensure provision of quality water as per the CS directive.

The CS was accompanied by the Principal Secretary Joseph Irungu and the Chief Executive Officer of Athi Water Works Development Agency, Eng. Michael Thuita.





As you are aware, the Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya, confirmed Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Nairobi.

Among the initiatives that are required to be observed as preventive measures “regularly and thoroughly washing of hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer”.

Athi Water Works Development Agency in partnership with the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company has set up 200 free handwashing points across Nairobi County as an immediate measure to stop the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)and an additional 300 are ongoing.

The World Health Organization has advised that washing hands with soap and running water is one of the most effective ways of infection control.

Athi Water Works Development Agency, Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Michael Thuita said that handwashing plays a key role in controlling the spread of the Coronavirus and everyone must play their role in protecting themselves and others.

We have installed 200 hand washing points which are accessible to the public at no cost. These facilities are available in all the public toilets and police stations within the Nairobi Central Business District (GPO, Country Bus Station, Muthurwa Market, Central Bus Station, Burma Market, Khoja Bus Stop, City Market, Jeevanjee Gardens, Uhuru Park, the National Archives,). We have also set up new handwashing stations at high human traffic areas outside the CBD, including Ngara, Kibera, Jogoo Road and Kayole.

Athi Water Works Development Agency is working closely with Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company to repair the existing public toilets to return them to the intended use, which will serve as sanitation areas hence reducing the risk of further spread of the virus..

Together with Nairobi Water, we are ensuring that there is adequate supply of running water in all these facilities by providing 100 water storage tanks, as well as facilitating constant water supply by use of water bowsers to refill the overhead water tanks within these facilities. We have also extended these services to all the police stations within Nairobi city.

On Thursday, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Water & Sanitation and irrigation, Ms. Sicily Kariuki issued a circular to all water institutions directing them to ensure that adequate handwashing points are installed within all urban areas including market centres, bus stations, and shopping malls. In addition, all the Water Works Development Agencies are to ensure that all public water points within their respective towns/city centres are fully operational for effective hand washing services.

We advice all members of the public to wash hands regularly and sanitize where possible to reduce the spread of Corona Virus. We will remain vigil in ensuring water services operate optimally to the satisfaction of the public in collaboration with Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company.

Nairobi International Trade Fair 2019 Awards

We received 3 awards in recognition for our exemplary work in Water and Sanitation at the ASK Showground for the Nairobi International Trade Fair Show 2019.
We won Position 1 in the following categories ;

1. Best Stand in Water and Waste Water Services
2. Best Non – Agricultural Statutory Board/ Service Stand
3. Branch Chairman Recommendation Trophy in recognition of our demonstration of transformative impact to the society.

The President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta presented us with a trophy for the Best Non-Agricultural Statutory Board Stand at the Nairobi International Trade Fair 2019 to the Chairman Hon. John Kiragu Chege and C.E.O Eng. Michael M. Thuita.

We also received a trophy from His Excellency Deputy President Dr. William Samoei Ruto for The Best Stand in Water and Waste Water Services at the Nairobi International Trade Fair 2019 and The Chairman’s Recommendation Trophy in recognition for our outstanding support to the society.a1 a2 a3 a4 a5 a6 a7

Principal Secretary Ministry of Water and Sanitation in Murang’a County

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.p1 p2 p3 p4 p5 p7

IEK Members Visit The Northern Collector Tunnel Phase 1

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The Institute of Engineers Kenya at The Northern Collector Tunnel Phase 1

The Institute of Engineers Kenya comprising of more than 250 engineers from across Kenya converged at the Northern Collector Tunnel to have a snippet of the 4th Nairobi Water Supply. The project encompasses the Northern Collector Tunnel Phase 1, Kigoro Water Treatment Plant and Raw and treated water transmission pipelines.

The engineers took part in a treacherous 3.6 km walk inside the underground tunnel which goes up-to 200 metres below the surface led by Athi Water Works Development Agency Chairman Hon. Eng. Kiragu Chege, CEO Athi Water Works Development Agency, Directors and The IEK secretatriat. They were able to understand the intrigues of tunnel construction from experts in tunnelling and appreciate behind the scenes works that take place to enable Nairobi and its environs to have sufficient portable water.

Consultative Forum with Top Kiambu Leaders on the Status of Projects in Kiambu

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.

Top Ministry Officials Inspect the 4th Nairobi Bulk Water Supply Projects

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.