A shs. 1.6 billion sewer and water project whose construction is scheduled to kick off in two months will greatly improve the health status of Kirinyaga residents.
The project in the design stage will cover Kerugoya and Kutus town where the sewerage treatments works will be put up
The Chief Executive Officer of the Tana Water Services Board, Eng. Peter Mbogori said thirty acres of land have already been acquired for the purpose at the Ahiti Ndomba.
Mbogori said the water and sewer project will go hand in hand with the water project benefiting over 200 households in Baricho and Sagana areas.
The Director Tana Water Services Board, James Murithi Kangara who also attended the stakeholders meeting at Kerugoya said the project was long overdue.
He said the project is being funded by a grant from the African Development Bank (ADB) and the Kenyan government.
Commencement of the actual work for the project was supposed to have kicked on in February, we are working behind the schedule and the contractor must work extra time to catch up with the time lost, he said.
Kangara said the completion of the project will bring Kirinyaga at par with other neighbouring counties like Nyeri and Embu who have had the facilities in place.
He said the residents have also appealed for consideration of putting another dam at Gikumbo to supply irrigation water for the farmers in the Kerugoya Central and other farmers in the region.
Thiba dam he said is planned to supply water for the rice farmers in Mwea and therefore the need for the extra dam, he said.
Area ward representative, Kamau Murango said the implementers of the project should consider replacing the old asbestos pipes with plastic ones.
He said the old pipes could be contributing to water contamination and increased cases of cancer in the county, Kirinyaga only placed second to Meru in terms of Cancer infections.
He said the contractor must also consider providing water points along the project route where fire fighters could access water in case of fire out brakes.
Currently the fire fighting team usually fetches water from the rivers which takes time, leading to their failure and ineffectiveness.
Source: Kenya News Agency