Plans to revive stalled water projects in Kiambu launched

Kiambu County government has launched a plan to revive all stalled water projects to help increase water accessibility by residents.

Governor Ferdinand Waititu said no meaningful achievement can be realized in a county where taps are running dry.

He said that revival of the projects abandoned by his predecessor, William Kabogo will enhance food security through establishment of irrigation.

Among the projects which have been earmarked for revival is Kamwamba water project in Githobokoni ward, Gatundu North which has been allocated Shs.12.7 million.

Speaking after visiting the projects on Wednesday, Waititu said that his government will resuscitate all the projects to benefit Kiambu people.

We will compensate all those whose land has been affected by this project as well as those who spent their resources for its construction. As a county, we have to invest in water for irrigation because it is only food security that can guarantee us growth in other sectors, said Waititu.

He said that Kariminu, Kinari, Gatamaiyu and Ruiru 2 dams which are set for construction will further boost water accessibility for both domestic and irrigation use.

We have also decided to merge all water companies within our county to ensure that they are run smoothly because we have so many water companies running on debts. We want Kiambu to be a typical water resource that will transform lives, he added.

The Area MCA, Martin Githaiga said that the water project which was constructed in the 90’s has been non-functional noting that its revival will better farming exercises in the area.

The project was stalled after the community could not raise money to have it completed. Piping was also not properly done and we believe that its revival will help our people do better farming and thereby grow the economy of this area, said Githaiga.

Source: Kenya News Agency