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Taita Taveta bags Sh70 million to facilitate water projects

The County Government of Taita Taveta has secured a Sh70 million financing agreement with WaterFund, in a move aimed at boosting water supply to the residents.

The project is expected to bring about significant enhancements, including the building of a 500-meter cubic tank at Kasarani, to boost the storage capacity.

The water supply project slated for completion by the end of August this year, is set to enable residents of Kaloleni in Voi Sub-county, to get access to reliable and clean domestic water supply.

Taita Taveta County is among the other five counties of Baringo, Kitui, Kajiado, West Pokot, and Mandera that have also signed agreements for various water projects under WaterFund.

According to Taita Taveta Governor, Andrew Mwadime, the aim of the agreement was to ensure uninterrupted water supply across the County, to curb water shortages previously experienced, as a result of prolonged drought.

“We aim to ensure water reaches all households in the County so that everyone can enjoy safe and clean water,” said Mwadime.

The Governor added, “This partnership is a clear indication of the county’s readiness to work with governmental and non-governmental entities, to ensure that our people have access to clean water, good health services, agriculture, and education services.”

Reuben Kitololo, the County Chief Officer (CCO) for Water, mentioned that the improved designs aim to expand water supply access in rural and underserved areas, particularly those experiencing population growth.

He added that the County government will contribute an additional Sh15 million by 31st March 2024 to boost the project.

Tavevo Water and Sewerage Company Managing Director, Rose Mbiko, while discussing the project, stated that the new distribution lines will extend to Kaloleni, Mnaoni, Kalambe, Kavingoni, Mlegwa, Mkamenyi, Manoni, Gimba and Wongoni.

WaterFund CEO, Willis Ombai, described the project as a ‘climate-proofed investment’, aiming to strengthen the area’s resilience against drought which is a consequence of climate change.

“Water is a basic need yet very scarce in some areas. However, these projects will bring change as water will now be easily accessible to the people of Voi,” he said.

By Pauline Gitau and Peter Luganje

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