Itare Dam is one of the flagship projects that have been identified by the Government of Kenya that needs to be developed as a matter of priority. Further, in accordance with the policy of prioritizing development of sources that are most economic, the National water Master Plan identified Itare to be developed as a priority. Through various studies, the proposed Itare Dam site was identified as the most viable long term source of water to address water shortages in Nakuru Municipality, Kuresoi, Molo, Njoro and Rongai areas. This site was chosen because it is located in area of greater water resources which can be developed to meet the ultimate demand. The dam will have a capacity to yield 100,000m3/day. The executing agency is Rift Valley Water Services Board (RVWSB)
2 PROJECT SCOPE
The proposed project components comprise 57m high dam, 100,000m3/day water Treatment Works, 1.2m diameter 113km pipeline, 14.5Km Bulk Transfer tunnel, water distribution improvement works, sewerage network and treatment works. The project will cost about KES 30billion will serve over 800,000 people in Kuresoi, Molo, Njoro, Rongai and Nakuru Town.
3 CURRENT STATUS
The National treasury signed a Loan Agreement with BNP Paribas Fortis and Intesa Sanpaolo of Italy on 15th July 2015 towards the funding of the project. RVWSB and the contractor are currently fulfilling the conditions precedent to Loan effectiveness which include environmental licencing.