Water and Irrigation CS, Eugene Wamalwa has commissioned a rural water supply project Oloilalei area of Ildamat ward outside Kajiado town.
The project is one of the many implemented by Athi Water Services Board outside its jurisdiction in Kajiado through the recommendation of the water ministry.
Wamalwa, who was on a business tour in the county, briefed the media on the government’s commitment in the semi-arid region that experiences frequent droughts every four years with disastrous consequences.
He said Athi WSB has identified 50 water drilling sites for boreholes in Kajiado, which shall be done with by the end of April this year.
“Currently 35 have been drilled and is being equipped. The works commenced on April 19, 2016 and is expected to complete after 24 months on April 18. The project is targeting 75, 000 people,” said Wamalwa.
The CS said the project is financed through a mixed credit financing agreement from the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Belgium amounting to Euros 12 million.
He said a total of Euros 8.160 million is in form of grant, while Euros 3.840 million is a commercial credit.
“This project is therefore, aims at reducing the impact of droughts in Kajiado county by increasing access to reliable, affordable and sustainable water supply and sanitation services,’ said Wamalwa.
He said the project mainly consists of two components which includes; drilling and equipment of approximately 50 boreholes and construction of two administrative buildings to be used by sub county water officers in Kajiado town.
So far, Wamalwa said 47 borehole sites have been handed over to the contractor and hydro geological surveys undertaken with licenses from National Environmental Management and Water Resource Management authorities applied for.
After commissioning the community water project at Oloilalei, Wamalwa said he would be distributing food items to the people of the county in Loitokitok after he is through with the delivery of water equipment he was going to launch there later in the afternoon.
He left Kajiado with his host governor Joseph Lenku on a helicopter to Loitokitok soon after 12 pm where they were expected to tour and inspect water supply and water projects overseen by Water and Irrigation ministry.
Oloitokitok Water and Sanitation Project which was visited by Mwamalwa and Kajiado county government officials is being funded by rab Bank for Economic Development inAfrica in collaboration with the Kenya government at a cost of Sh887 million.
Construction works commenced in March 2017 and the project is expected to be complete by November 2018 and it will ultimately benefit approximately 70, 000peopleaccording to Wamalwa’s brief.
He said the scope of the works comprised rehabilitation of Noolturesh springs at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro which is the source of the water.
Other works, according to the CS, include water supply, installation and testing of a 15kw solar system (2, 700 solar panels). The power is expected to drive the pumps at the source of works and the intermediate stations.
The works also will involve laying of 16 km water supply system in Loitokitok town and its environs.
The Minister was also expected to tour Amboseli water project later in the afternoon where Athi River Water Service Board is rehabilitating it.
The rehabilitation of the Amboseli water supply project is under the drought mitigation programme at a cost of Sh53, 482, 085.36.
The Amboseli water supply gets its water from the springs in Enkongu Narok next to Amboseli Serena Lodge within the Amboseli national park.