Residents of Nandi hills are set to benefit from a Sh440 million water tanks and piping project being undertaken in the region by the National government.
The three water projects namely Kat Barak, Kosoiywo and Nandi Bears Club once complete will ensure residents get water 24 hours instead of the current rationing capacity being experienced.
Speaking during the County Development Implementation Coordination Committee (CDICC) inspection, Site Engineer Christopher Ruigu said the projects, which are expected to lapse in June next year will benefit 2,500 households.
Eng. Ruigu said Nandi Bears club, which has a holding capacity of 500,000 litres, will be gravity driven to other holding tanks thus reducing operational cost.
“The three projects will ensure expansion of water distribution system within the town including storage and public water points,” said Eng. Ruigu.
The site engineer noted that the project includes rehabilitation and upgrading of existing water diversion structures, existing water treatment plant and its systems such as pumping stations and transmission.
Nancy Kipkoech, a resident and also a manual worker at Kat Barak thanked the government for initiating water projects in the region saying many people will now be able to access clean and adequate water.
“Our water consumption is very high, while Nandi hills water supply mainly depends on the small Taito dam. We hope the government will fast-track this project to cater for the future demand,” she stated.
John Karanja, Director Presidential Delivery Unit called on contractors working on the water projects to ensure the projects are completed according to the stipulated time.
Karanja said the Jubilee government is committed to ensure locals access clean and adequate water.
“You should work around the clock to ensure the projects are completed on time. We need to end water shortage in Nandi hills and its environs,” he said
By Linet Wafula and Ruth Mainye