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Ministry to set up a Sh400 million sewerage systems in Ol Kalou

Ol Kalou town in Nyandarua County is set to benefit from a Sh400 million sewerage system funded by the Ministry of Water and Sanitation to enhance sanitation and hygiene standards.
According to Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, the project that is set to commence in August this year is meant to serve more than 30, 000 people within the town.
Kariuki said that the system would go a long way in addressing challenges of waste disposal in the fast expanding town and prevent possible outbreaks of hygiene related illness.
“We have secured Sh400 million to be able to do a major sewerage system distribution in Ol Kalou town which is going to cater for more than 30, 000 people within this expanding urban area.
“This means even as we are looking for access to clean water, we must also be dealing with issues of hygiene and sanitation which is critical to any growing urban center,|” said the CS during her visit to Nyandarua County to assess measures put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Ol Kalou town, which serves as the Nyandarua county headquarters, has been experiencing challenges of poor waste disposal in most of its estates with effluent being released into open trenches by the roads.
Early last year National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) issued a closure order to an Ol Kalou based public slaughter house citing poor effluent disposal systems a move that the operator attributed to lack of a sewerage system in the town.
The CS noted that they were through with the procurement process with the project expected to run for a year after its commencement.
“The contract is expected to be signed in the coming week where mobilization will commence and immediately we get to August, the contractor will be on site. The project is expected to run for a year to its completion,” said Kariuki.
She at the same time promised that the Ministry will continue supporting the county access clean water by drilling of boreholes and de-silting of various dams across the county.
By Jesse Mwitwa

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