Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi (pictured) has commissioned the Water Kiosk Desalination Reverse Osmosis System in the county.
It is the first of its kind in the county and is expected to provide clean and affordable water to the residents, subsequently ending the water menace in Wajir.
The governor said access to safe clean water is captured in the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) and that the plan targets to increase water access to 80 per cent in the next three years, in line with vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Abdi said the county would continue to invest in the provision of clean water so as to shed off its reference as one of the ‘water-stressed’ counties.
According to assessments carried by NDMA, access to water has been increased to 60 per cent which is in line with the county's vision of providing households access to piped water within a realistic distance.
“If we achieve this vision, we shall have saved 80 per cent of the time spent on fetching water and instead use the time to engage in other gainful activities,” he added.
The governor also directed Wajir Water and Sewerage Company Limited (WAJWASCO) to sell processed water at affordable prices to the residents.
“I further direct the Company to begin a process of desalinating all viable and sustainable saline boreholes through support of my administration and other non-state actors,” he continued.