Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (MUWASCO) has received a grant of Sh32 Million from the World Bank to boost water supply in some areas of its jurisdiction.
The company will use Sh7 million out of the amount to enhance water supply to Kabuta and Githuri areas at the outskirts of Murang’a town.
The company’s Managing Director Engineer Daniel Ng’ang’a said with the increase of new settlements in the two areas, the firm has been rationing water to the local residents.
With installation of bigger pipes, Ng’ang’a said on Friday the residents will start getting water continuously once the implementation of the project is completed within a period of two weeks.
“The company has received a grant from the World Bank through Water Sector Trust Fund which will help us to ensure steady water supply to more than 15, 000 people in areas of Kabuta and Githuri,” he said.
“Currently many people are settling at Kabuta which is near Murang’a Town, thus they need more water supply. Once the installation of the pipes is completed, the residents will start getting water without rationing like it was before,” the Director said.
Ng’ang’a added that the project will involve installing 7-kilomtre pipes and also rehabilitating Kayahwe Water Treatment Plant so as to ensure adequate water to cater for the new connections.
“Rehabilitating Kayahwe Water Treatment Plant will ensure the water flows by gravity and this will minimize the cost of production. The company will also use the remaining amount to rehabilitate water lines and boost water supply to other areas like in Kambirwa,” said Ng’ang’a.
The Director further noted that the company was able to get the funding following its contribution in the fight against covid-19.
“All water service providers in the country were recognized for their efforts in fighting against coronavirus. Here in Murang’a, we ensured steady water supply at informal settlements and some public areas so that residents could wash their hands frequently,” he stated.
MUWASCO, he added, will continue to fight the pandemic by ensuring continuous water supply especially to informal settlements and Matatu stages for free.
“The firm will continue to support the government in the war against covid-19. We will ensure water is provided for free at public areas and informal settlements so as residents can continue washing their hands as recommended by the Ministry of Health,” said the Managing Director.
Story and Picture by Bernard Munyao