Over 2, 000 households at Riat on the outskirts of Kisumu City are set to receive treated piped water after the County Government commissioned a water project to cover the area.
Phase one of the Riat Water Project expected to cost S14 million has started with a 3.4 km network to be constructed in the area for locals to tap the water.
Phase two of the project shall be expanded to cover Mamboleo, Otonglo and parts of the Central Business District.
Speaking during the commissioning of the project Friday, Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma said the move was part of the government’s initiative to make Kisumu water sufficient.
He said Riat was one of the fastest growing suburbs in Kisumu adding that once the project was completed, more investors shall be attracted to the area.
The move, he added, shall enhance access to clean treated water and help curb prevalence of waterborne diseases.
Recently, three people died in the area and scores of others were admitted in hospital after contracting cholera which has since been contained.
He said the County government had come up with the law regulating infrastructural development within Kisumu Central Business District and the surrounding areas adding that the development plans shall go hand in hand with expanding the water network to ensure that the city was covered.
Kisumu, he said, was the fastest growing city in Africa according to the latest World Bank report adding that a water deficit was expected.
He disclosed that plans were underway to revive the Maseno Kombewa water project to boost supply in Maseno, Kisian, Seme, Kisumu CBD and around the airport.
The county government, he said, has further partnered with the national government to construct two multipurpose dams at Sondu and Koru.
The two dams shall produce water for supply in Nyakach, Muhoroni and Nyando with part of the water being used for irrigation to boost food production.
Once these mega projects are completed, then Kisumu County shall be water sufficient, said the governor.
Ranguma asked residents of Kisumu to maintain peace during and after the elections to ensure that the growth being experienced in the lakeside county was sustained.
We must remain peaceful at all costs so as not to scare away investors to ensure that Kisumu develops further, he said.
Source: Kenya News Agency