Kisumu County Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o says with completion of Soin-Koru dam, the newly elevated Ahero town will have constant supply of clean water for domestic use.
Prof. Nyong’o said the government has provided money for the construction of the dam to prevent perennial floods in the area and also provide 71,279 cubic meters per day to locals once completed.
He said all residents near the dam site and downstream will be served with water to supplement the existing facilities.
Speaking Monday while officially launching Ahero as a town, the Governor said Kisumu city and emerging towns of Ahero, Muhoroni, Chemelil, Awasi, Miwani, Rabuor, Koru, Koitaburot, Katito, Masogo and Ombeyi will be the major beneficiaries.
“The new town will get plenty supply of water since more storage tanks and treatment plants will be placed at specific places for our people to use,” he said.
He added the water will also enhance food security by increasing area under irrigation in and around Ahero and West Kano irrigation schemes from 1,800 to 5,370 hectares and other infrastructural developments like hydro power generation.
“The completion of the dam will ensure that residents access clean, safe and cheap water for domestic, commercial and institutional use,” added the governor.
The National Government has already committed Sh 25 billion for the project. The approximate budget for the dam and water supply components is Sh30 billion, while land compensation will cost Sh2 billion.
By John Ochanda