By FELIX OLICK
The Ministry of Water, the World Bank and the French Development Agency have crafted a master plan that will see other sources of water developed to reduce the current shortage.
The Sh160 billion plan will also benefit a number of satellite towns within a radius of 70km from Nairobi including Kikuyu, Ruiru, Juja, Kiambu, Githunguri, Mavoko municipality and Ngong Township.
According to the plan unveiled yesterday at Kenyatta International Conference Centre and graced by Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the Government has proposed to sink wells in Kiunyu and Ruiru areas in the first phase of the project.
This is expected to increase water supply by 64,800 cubic millimetres per day.
The second phases will involve the construction of a tunnel diverting Irati, Gikigie and Maragua Rivers while the third phase will see the building of a number of dams including Maragua and Ndarugu.
Speaking during the event, Raila said that the entire initiative will cost about Sh160 billion.
“The steps involve the development of water sources and associated infrastructure in four phases. The first phase is slotted for December 2012. Phase one and two of this project are expected to cost Sh25 billion. The entire initiative will cost about Sh160 billion,” said the PM.
He noted that water is a human right under the new law and as a result the Government is keen to pump more money into the sector.
“We are aware that droughts have become cyclic. They need to be managed carefully and mitigated through systematic planning and development of resilient water infrastructure,” he noted.
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