The National Government Kimugu water supply project worth Sh.1.02 billion is now 96 percent complete and awaiting to be commissioned before the end of the year in order to start generating 13 million litres supply of clean water per day to over 200,000 residents of Kericho town and its environs.
This was revealed during an inspection tour of the Kimugu Water Project by a delegation from the Federal Republic of Germany led by the Lake Victoria South Water Works Chairman Mr. Dan Omino who are among the sponsors of the mega water project.
Also present during the inspection of the project was the Kericho County Governor Dr. Eric Mutai, Kericho County Commissioner Mr. Kamau Karungo and the Kericho Water and Sanitation Company Limited Eng. Eric Siele.
Mutai noted that the contractors were in compliance with the timelines issued and the project was well done with excellence and set for completion and commissioning by the end of the year.
“We are grateful to the German Bank who are the financiers of the project; we will be reaching out to like-minded financiers to assist us do more in the water sector,” said Mutai.
The Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation received funds from the Federal Republic of Germany through the KFW Development Bank to undertake the Water Supply and Sanitation Development Programme -Lake Victoria South (WSDP-LVS) for the towns of Kericho, Kisii and Nyamira.
The Project is part of the WSDP-program whose primary objective is to ensure provision of sufficient, hygienic, economically viable and affordable, water and sanitation services for the population of the selected towns, thus contributing to the overall development goal to improving the health of urban population by reducing waterborne diseases and favouring economic development.
Meanwhile, speaking to KNA on the sidelines, the Kericho Water and Sanitation Company Limited Managing Director Eng. Eric Siele, revealed that the delegation from the Federal Republic of Germany was delighted by the impressive works of the Kimugu water project and promised to pump more funds into enhancing water and sewerage services in the County.
“They are actually injecting a total of Sh. 2.2 billion to facilitate the expansion of the Litein and Kericho Water and Sewerage project. This will be a big boost and will benefit thousands of residents in Kericho and Litein. The project is expected to kick off after Kimugu water project has been commissioned,” said Siele.
By Kibe Mburu and Purity Eboyi