Residents of Narumoru Township in Kieni constituency of Nyeri County have reason to smile after the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Sanitation funded the Narumoru Water Treatment Plant with Sh. 10 million in an effort to end water scarcity in the town.
The town has gone for three months running without clean water for domestic use during this time of Corona virus pandemic.
Speaking on Friday when he launched the project, Water Principal Secretary (PS), Joseph Wairagu said his ministry has intervened to solve the water and sewerage system problems in the town that is growing at a high rate economically.
The PS said the project will benefit 10,000 residents adding the National government will continue funding other water projects in Kieni. He noted that Kieni occupies 52 percent of Nyeri county and most of it is arid.
Wairagu also visited Njoguini-Gitero Dam in Mwichuiri Kieni, which has been completed at a cost of Sh. 35 million and targets to supply water for irrigation to the 10,000 residents.
The PS said the construction of the dam was undertaken by Tana Water Works Development Agency (TWWDA) adding though it was complete, more funds is needed to supply water from it to residents.
The PS at the same time said the government has allocated Sh. 20 million to Mwiyogo Water Plant in Kieni West which he said will be launched soon.
The Kieni MP, Kanini Kega who was present said they took the initiative owing to the suffering of the residents who had gone for three months without water despite Covid 19 outbreak.
The legislator said that the project will be completed in the next one month, noting that it was halfway complete.
By Beth Ndirangu