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Sh2.7bn Mavoko water project tipped to ease scarcity

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An aerial view of a section of Athi-River Town, Mavoko Constituency. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Summary

  • Hundreds of residents in Movoko, Machakos County, are poised to benefit from a major water project aimed to ease scarcity.
  • The Sh2.7 billion Mavoko drinking water project by the Belgium and Kenyan governments is expected to supplement the current rationed water supply with 12,000 cubic metre per day supply.
  • Speaking when he inspected the mega project Wednesday, Ministry of Water and Sanitation Principal Secretary Joseph Irungu said it will be complete by March 18, 2021.

Hundreds of residents in Movoko, Machakos County, are poised to benefit from a major water project aimed to ease scarcity.

The Sh2.7 billion Mavoko drinking water project by the Belgium and Kenyan governments is expected to supplement the current rationed water supply with 12,000 cubic metre per day supply.

Speaking when he inspected the mega project Wednesday, Ministry of Water and Sanitation Principal Secretary Joseph Irungu said it will be complete by March 18, 2021.

He termed it would end the perennial water shortage within the Athi River township and neighbouring areas.

"We will ensure more than 20,000 residents will have fresh drinking water to supplement the available supply, "said Mr Irungu.

The ministry has 22 running projects.

Mr Irungu also inspected Syokimau Reservoir Tank, East African Portland Cement Company Dam, Mavoko Water Treatment Plant, KMC Dam and Mavoko Contractor’s Storage Yard.

Residents expressed hope that the project will end their woes.

"We hope with the completion we will be guaranteed fresh water at affordable prices," said Ms Jane Mutheu.

Last year the ministry banned private companies from selling water to members of public in both Kitengela and Athi River towns.

The idea was to protect residents from unscrupulous vendors who used to mint millions.

Currently, residents queue for long hours at numerous water kiosks run by Mavoko Water and Sewerage Company.

A five litre jerrican sells at Sh3 at the kiosks with vendors selling the same quantity at Sh20 to the chagrin of thirst locals.