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Residents to benefit from an earth dam

Residents of Kavaari area, Mbeere North Sub County are soon to benefit with a Sh3.2 million Kavaari earth dam.

While reporting to County Development Implementation Coordination Committee (CDICC), Upper Tana Natural Resources Management Project Coordinator (UTaNRMP), Ms. Agnes  Muchira said Upper Tana has already pumped Sh 2.7 million for the earth dam.

Ms. Muchira said the earth dam with capacity of 10,000 cubic metres targets over 120 very needy households.

“Currently the community is being served by Thura River  which is seasonal and only serve them for three months and as such not reliable,” Ms. Muchira noted.

She further said when the river dries; the next source of water is six kilometres away, meaning that the community spends most of their time looking for water.

“The dam is expected to resolve this problem by harvesting rain water for use throughout the year; this will save time used to look for water and use it in other economic activities,” she added.

She noted the project which started this year in the month of May and was at 90 per cent to completion and was expected to be finalised within two weeks.

The  Embu County Commissioner (CC), Abdullahi Galgalo  who chaired CDICC said besides Upper Tana projects, other government agencies such as KenGen, TARDA and County government are coming on board to ensure the lower regions of Embu which experience dry spells are well supplied with water for both domestic and irrigation use.

During the site visit, the Kavaari Development Youth Group Chairman, Albert  Njagi appreciated Upper Tana for the project which will alleviate the problem of water in the area.

He said the project came after a proposal by the group requesting for the Upper Tana intervention on behalf of the community which was successfully approved and funded by the Upper Tana.

By  Kimani  Tirus

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