NAIROBI, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been briefed on the progress made in the government’s plan to make Nairobi and other cities water sufficient by the year 2020.

The president was briefed here Tuesday by Ministry of Water and Irrigation officials, led by its Cabinet Secretary (Minister), Eugene Wamalwa, on the projects which the government is implementing to plug the deficit of 250 million litres of water a day which the city faces.

Nairobi currently receives a daily water supply of 520 million litres of water against demand of 750 million litres. The soon-to-be-completed Northern Water Tunnel from Muranga, is expected to increase the water supply to the capital city by 140 million litres while an additional 100 million litres or more of water will be supplied to the city through the construction and completion of Karimeni 2 and Ruiru 2 dams.

Wamalwa also briefed the president on similar plans to make the cities of Mombasa, Kisumu and Nakuru water sufficient as well. He said Kisumu in western Kenya was expected to become the first city to become water sufficient after the completion of the Kisumu water supply project.

The plan to increase water supplies to Kenya’s four biggest cities is part of the government’s initiative to triple the country’s water storage and to also increase the national water coverage from the current 60 per cent to 80 per cent by 2020.

Mombasa’s water supply will be boosted by the completion of the Mwache Dam and the Mzima Springs 2 water pipeline projects while Nakuru is expected to become water sufficient with the completion of Itare Dam.

The government is constructing 60 large dams across all regions of the country.