Residents of Suswa area in Narok East Sub County are set to benefit from a Sh. 71 million water project after the county government initiated a project to pump water from the Dry Port water project.
Narok Governor Patrick Ntutu said the water will be pumped from the neighbouring Naivasha Dry Port to benefit residents of Iseneto, Oloshaiki, Oltanki, Duka Moja Township and surrounding homesteads.
The project is expected to quench the thirst of the residents, who for a long time have walked many kilometers in search of the basic commodity.
Ntutu said the implementation of the water project is in line with the 2023-2027 County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) as the residents had prioritized the water project during the public participation forums.
“This water project will eventually bring to an end the perennial water shortage in Suswa ward. The water will be used for both domestic and livestock consumption,” he said.
The governor was accompanied by Narok East Member of Parliament Ken Kiloku, a host of Members of County Assembly and County Executive Committee Members (CEC).
The project, he said, entails a storage tank, piping and water pumps and will be completed in the time allocated so as to benefit the residents.
MP Kiloku lauded the government for the water project saying access to clean water was the main challenge to residents and especially during the prolonged dry spells.
The cost of buying water in the area had risen from Sh. 5 to Sh. 20 per 20 liter jerrican which many people could not afford.
The launch of the project comes a few days after the County Governor launched Sh. 3 billion development projects to be implemented in the 30 wards of the county.
Governor Ntutu said the projects will be implemented depending on the needs of the people as prioritized in the public participation forums.
By Ann Salaton