The Water and Sanitation Cabinet Secretary (CS), Simon Chelugui has urged residents of Nairobi to protect and take care of boreholes located in their residential areas to provide water to the city’s growing population.
Speaking in Kayole while commissioning emergency boreholes at Embakasi Health Centre and Kayole Community Social Hall in Nairobi, Chelugei said the boreholes would provide water in various estates and hospitals within the city.
I urge all Deputy County Commissioners in Nairobi and concerned residents to protect boreholes in their vicinity and ensure they operate for twenty four hours, he said.
The CS, who also officiated at the ground breaking of the Nairobi regeneration sewerage projects at Parklands, said that the National Government would continue to work together with Nairobi County government to ensure that city residents got sufficient water.
The two levels of government will collaborate to drill more boreholes in the city to alleviate the current water shortage, he added.
At the same time, Chelugei appealed to County commissioners and Deputy Commissioners countrywide to oversee regular training of people working at the boreholes to ensure effective maintenance of the same.
About 40 per cent of our boreholes are not functional while 50 per cent of the sites are not optimal, lamented the CS.
On the environment, the CS called on Kenyans to strictly adhere to environmental management by taking care of the rivers and avoid dumping of waste products into the rivers, adding that some of the streams supplied water to the boreholes.
The CS was accompanied by Principal Secretary in the Ministry, Joseph Irungu and their Chief Administrative Secretary, Winnie Guchu among others.
Source: Kenya News Agency