Nakuru County has continued to enhance the availability of water to its residents, with about 7,500 households in Kabatini, free area, and Bahati now receiving clean water.
Governor Susan Kihika, who commissioned the Kabatini Borehole Water Project and Limuko Borehole Water Project in Kabatini Ward, Bahati Sub-county, on Wednesday urged the community water project management to allow the Nakuru Water and Sanitation Company (NAWASCO) to run the facility for enhanced reach.
“I urge you to let NAWASCO, being one of the County Water Service Providers, manage these water projects. The County will cover any other cost to make sure water is piped to households,” added Kihika.
The Kabatini Water Project solar was installed at a cost of Sh3.8 million and includes a 225 cubic meter masonry tank, a 100 cubic metre masonry tank, a pump house, and distribution lines. The Limuko Water Project is expected to undergo solar installation and construction of a panel house with a 100 cubic metre tank and power distribution mains at a cost of Shs. 4.2 million.
Governor Kihika further promised rehabilitation of feeder roads in the area, enhanced street lighting, the provision of seeds, including avocados, and a maize drier to assist farmers in drying the maize as the rainy season approaches. She called on parents and guardians to anticipate Sh6 million in bursaries this financial year.
Meanwhile, Deputy Governor David Kones, while presiding over the groundbreaking of a water project in Kiamaina Ward, Bahati Constituency, noted that more than 5,000 families in Kiamaina Ward, including Free Area, were set to benefit from clean and safe drinking water.
The project, for which the county has partnered with Dutch Water Operators at a cost of Sh34.8 million, will comprise 13 km of piping and the construction of a 200-cubic-meter water tank.
“Heshima water projects will improve access to clean and safe water for the residents of Kiamaina while enhancing water, hygiene, and sanitation standards in Heshima and Free Area, which are low-income areas of Nakuru City,” said Kones.
The devolved unit has increased its water reticulation reach, with residents of Elementaita Ward also benefiting from piping from the Nderit water borehole, which is entirely solar-dependent.
By Anne Sabuni