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Sh1.7 billion sewerage system ready for commissioning

The Narok Town Sewerage system constructed at a cost of Sh. 1.7 billion is complete and ready for commissioning, Central Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Engineer Samuel Oruma has said.

Engineer Oruma said the project has a capacity to serve about 200,000 people and already 500 households had been connected in the initial phase to functionalize the operations at the plant.

The construction of the project, he said, began in the year 2019 and completed in December 2020, adding that it was the first project of its kind to be completed within the timelines, among the 22 ongoing projects being undertaken by the Water Works Development Agencies in the County.

The project, funded by the Government of Kenya (GoK) in collaboration with Africa Development Bank will be managed by the Narok Water and Sewerage Company (NARWASCO).

He confirmed that the plant occupies 80 acres piece of land that was purchased by the County Government at Limanet area, in the outskirts of Narok town.

The CEO spoke to journalists at the sewerage plant, where he said it was the first of its kind in Narok, with a capacity to treat 3500 cubic meters of waste water per day.

On environment management, the Eng. Oruma said they are working closely with the National Environment Management Authority to ensure that the recycled water that drains in River Narok was safe for human consumption.

The initiative is a big relief to Narok traders and dwellers who for a long time had to use exhausters to empty their sewerages, thus incurring huge losses.

“We expect President William Ruto to commission this project anytime. We are glad that the project is successful,” said the CEO.

Narok Chamber of Commerce Chairman David Mpatiany said the completion of the project is a clear demonstration of how the two levels of government work closely for the benefit of the citizens.

The project was constructed by Chinese company Sinohydro Corporation Limited.

The County Government will be expected to carry out regular maintenance of the system once it is commissioned, so that the system can serve the residents for a longer period.

In 2017, former President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a mega water project in Narok town that was financed by the Government of Kenya in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agencies to a tune of Sh1.5 billion.

By Ann Salaton

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