Kirinyaga County to benefit from new water supply project
Kirinyaga County is set to benefit from a new water supply project that is expected to provide fresh water to over 350,000 people in the area.
The Kirinyaga Bulky Water Supply project is almost complete and will be launched in two months, according to Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary (CS) Alice Wahome.
The project is expected to improve water quantity, quality, and reliability within four major towns in the county.
The project will provide an additional 30,000 cubic meters of water daily, drawn from intakes at Kiriga and Thiba rivers, with the main treatment plant located at Muratiri area.
The government and the African Development Bank (ADB) are funding the project at a cost of approximately KES 1.1 billion.
The four towns will also benefit from a KES 500 million sewerage treatment system, which is expected to serve Kerugoya and Kutus town and homes along the line. Governor Anne Waiguru said that the water and sewerage system will help alleviate water shortage and improve hygiene and sanitation standards in the four towns.
Governor Waiguru also stated that the increased water supply is expected to make the upcoming Sagana Industrial Park more attractive to investors. She mentioned that her administration had intervened to ensure property owners whose land has been acquired to allow construction of the sewer line are duly compensated.
“This will be one of the biggest small towns water and sewerage systems that we have in the country. Previously, there was no proper policy in place to ensure that as you supply water then you also take care of sewerage. The sewer system is not restricted to town, it will provide service anywhere it will pass,” said Wahome.
The Council of Governors (COG) chair stated that the project will help open up towns as an adequate supply of water and sewer system are a major consideration for investors.
“Previously we did not have a sewerage system but we now have this new one that is nearing completion. It starts from Kerugoya all the way to Kutus and goes down to Kagio and Sagana,” said Waiguru.
Wahome said that the project would spur speedy growth in the county, and industries would grow, adding that the ministry’s supportive role was to ensure that this could be done across the country.
“This project will spur speedy growth in the county, industries will grow, and our supportive role as the ministry is to ensure we can do this across the country. There is huge demand for water everywhere, and we know we have not been able to reach everyone,” said CS Wahome.