More than 20,000 people in Gachii ward of Kiambu County will in the next six months benefit from improved access to clean and reliable water once a giant borehole project being funded by the National government is completed.
This will be made possible following the construction of a water tower and house pump at Gachii primary school. It will be connected to a borehole which has already been sunk next to the learning institution.
The 273 metres borehole is envisaged to provide adequate water to the people who have been relying on Karuri Water Company but the water is rationed to serve more people. Others have been fetching water for their domestic needs from Karuri River.
A spot-check by KNA yesterday witnessed works on the foundation of the water tower which is situated near the main entrance of the school. Upon completion, it will be handed over to the County Government of Kiambu.
Another 250 meters borehole is also being constructed at Gachii police station to enhance the current one at the station run by Karuri Water Company which is provided to residents including police officers, twice a week.
The officer in-charge of the station Inspector Emmanuel Rono told KNA yesterday that the construction was being financed from the National COVID-19 Fund which is meant to cushion the public from contracting the disease by ensuring provision of clean running water for frequent hand washing at strategic locations.
According to a roundup by KNA, water resource projects are mainly located in security areas to prevent vandalism.
Another project which similarly serves at least 30,000 people within a radius of a kilometre is located at Mahindi police post within Gachii ward. The beauty with this project is that pumping of the water from the borehole to the huge tank is by solar energy thus saving the users from incurring unnecessary bills.ov
Such projects have improved people’s lives as they don’t have to walk long distances in search of the precious commodity. It has also helped to enhance the hygiene within the ward thus cushioning them from contracting the viral disease.
By Lydia Shiloya