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Stakeholders Meeting for Bomet-Mulot Water Supply Project

The Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency has just finalized a very successful stakeholders consultative meeting at Bomet town aimed at identifying the most suitable and viable option(s) for Bomet-Mulot Water Supply Project. In a presentation conducted by the Project Consulting Engineers, Atkins Consulting Co., the stakeholders were presented with all the viable options of water sources and schemes for Longisa and Mulot towns and their environs.

The meeting was attended by a representative of the Governor of Bomet, H.E. Joyce Laboso, Members of the Bomet County Assembly, the Office of the County Commissioner-Bomet, the Lake Victoria South Water Services Board, Bomet Water Company, National Environment Management Authority officials, Kenya Forest Service officials among others. The consulting Engineers will incorporate the views of the stakeholders in the preparation of the final designs that will guide the construction of the project. A more detailed story is coming to you soon in our next update.

RVWWDA to commence major projects in five Counties

Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency (RVWWDA) has begun construction of major water projects worth over sh6.38 billion spread across five Counties, under the Kenya Towns Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation program.

The water projects, funded by African Development Bank through the Ministry of Water and Sanitation, under RVWSB cluster were distributed among, Narok, Trans Nzoia, Homa Bay, Uasin Gishu and Busia Counties. The Program aims at increasing access to water supply and sanitation services in 17 towns across the country.

Site handover ceremonies for the projects kicked off about two weeks ago, where Narok governor Samuel Tunai witnessed the contractor take over construction of sh1.2b first ever Narok town sewerage system.

The project is essential to Narok Town, as it has never had an elaborate sewerage system that meets the standards of urban planning and satisfies the health and sanitation needs of the ever increasing population.

According to RVWWDA Chief executive officer, Eng Hosea Wendot, Narok project will also strengthen Narok Town’s capability in the planning, regulation, enforcement, and environmental monitoring as the town rapidly urbanizes, to promote pollution control, improve public wellbeing in the extensive town perimeter, create employment opportunities and promote investments through boosting investor confidence.

The Governor said that the completion of the project highly depends on the coordination and corporation of all stakeholders. He also thanked the African Development Bank for the funding and all technical teams involved in the project.

In Eldoret, sh1.5b has been earmarked for the construction of Kapkaren Water Supply Project that entails treatment works and associated water pipeline will inject in excess of 2.7 million litres of water to the environs of Eldoret town. The project, applauded by both residents and leaders is set to commence in a week’s time.

When completed, the project will serve Langas, Kapseret, Eldoret International airport and parts of the neighbouring Nandi County. Speaking during the site handover, Governor Jackson Mandago said the water project will alleviate water shortages in the fast growing Eldoret town.

‘Construction of the Kipkaren Dam supply water project, which has been much awaited for, will alleviate the shortage of water in Eldoret town in the next 20 years. We are grateful and doing everything possible to support the project,’’ reiterated the county chief.

In Tran Nzoia, the Board is also implementing the Kiptogot-Kolongolo water project worth sh1.2b. While handing over the project to the contractor, Eng Wendot said the objective of the project is to improve the access, quality, availability and sustainability of water and sanitation services in nine sub-locations in Endebess and Kwanza constituencies.

The project, situated at the slopes of Mt Elgon is expected to harness water from Mubere and Kaptega rivers, both emanating from Mt Elgon forest. While speaking in the presence of Trans Nzoia governor, Patrick Khaemba, Eng Wendot said the project will benefit up to 300, 000 by the year 2040.

In the boarder County of Busia, sh686, 615,424 was set aside for the construction of Malaba Water supply Project aimed at increasing water supply hours to Malakisi, Napara, Netima, Kimaeti, Myanga, Kocholia, Amagoro, Angurai, Kamuriai and Amoni areas.

The project also entails Construction of new Sewerage treatment system for Malaba Town including trunk mains.

Homa Bay County received sh1.28b for water projects at Oyugis and Kendu with Lake Victoria South water and services Board being the beneficiary board. Other stakeholders include, Homa Bay Water and Sanitation Company (HOMAWASCO) and the County Government of Homa Bay.

The main works to be undertake at Kendu Bay project includes, construction of intake works on river Awach Kibuon, laying of raw water gravity pipes and construction of new conventional water treatment plant. However at Oyugis, the contractor is expected to construct an intake on river Awach Kasipul, lay raw water gravity main and construct a new conventional water treatment plant.

Other major projects implemented by RVWWDA include, the sh28b Itare Dam in Nakuru County, Chemususu Water Distribution Project and Kirandich Phase II water distribution project.

Six other major water projects under studies as well as design are, two rivers Dam water project, Kapsabet-Webuye-Busia-Malaba Sewerage Project, Amaya Dam, Bergei Dam, Eldama Ravine Sewerage and Mumias Sewerage.

At the same time, the board is drilling and equipping scores of boreholes worth millions of money spread across the water scarce counties of Turkana, Baringo, Narok, Samburu among others, aimed at increasing water accessibility and distribution among the target communities.

By Vincent Mabatuk – Communication RVWWDA.

Nakuru, February 5th, 2019