By David Kimani
NAKURU, Kenya 19th August, 2015 – Over 400 households in Kihoto, Lake View Ward, Naivasha Sub-County will have access to clean and safe water by December. This follows the launch of the water works under the World Bank funded Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Project (KISIP) in the area yesterday.
The KISIP water component launched in Kihoto is inclusive of a pipe network that will cover 12.7 km at a cost of Ksh 73 million. The 6 inches pipes will ensure that there is a 24-hour water supply.
Speaking during groundbreaking ceremony for the water project Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said that will translate to the supply of safe domestic water to about 30, 000 people.
He added that when completed the project will eliminate the reliance of shallow wells by the people, a factor that contributed to the outbreak and spread of cholera in the area.
Besides supply of water, this project also includes production of water. Some boreholes will be sunk and others rehabilitated. An elevated tank with a capacity to hold 250m3 is already being constructed to supply water in Kihoto.
Governor Mbugua and Lake View Ward MCA Hon. Simon Wanyoike pledged three water kiosks for women, youth and people living with disabilities in Kihoto.
‘A water kiosk goes for Ksh 20, 000, we want to give our youths who are recovering from alcohol addictions means of livelihoods at the same time we would like to empower our women and the gifted differently to improve their quality of lives, thus together with the MCA we will fund these water kiosks’, said Governor Kinuthia.
He added besides the water component the Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Project will involve tarmacking of the main road in Kihoto which is 6.2 km and grading and marruming of other roads as wells as erecting more high mast floodlights with a capacity to light a distance of approximately 400m.
‘Roads works have been delayed because the company that was working on them was put under receivership, however, we have pushed for the award of the contract to another firm and work on roads will resume soon’, said the Nakuru County Governor. He added that Karagita, Kwa Muhia and Kamere areas will also benefit from the same program under KISIP.
Lake View MCA assured Kihoto residents that labour will be sourced among them and not from outside the area.
Once linked to the Naivasha Water and Sewerage Company (NAIVAWASS) network, it is expected that operationalization of the project will be sustainable notes Joseph Theuri, the Managing Director NAIVAWASS.
Theuri added that through the Water Services Trust Fund (WSTF) the company is implementing an upgrading project for sanitation at a cost Ksh 6 million in Kihoto.
‘Landlords of Kihoto are called upon to partner with us to construct specially designed toilets in their plots in which they are to be paid Ksh 20, 000 per unit. These facilities are designed to enable exhausting of waste into out treatment ponds and this will avoid contamination of water that would lead to diseases like cholera’, said Theuri.
At the same time Governor Mbugua reiterated that the his administration is fully behind the leadership of H.E. the President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto, complimenting the decision by the national government to have the Standard Gauge Railway reach Naivasha.
‘The president has directed the SGR to be terminated in Naivasha. This is a good, Naivasha will become a dry land port creating businesses opportunities for the people. This will require healthy and sober people the reason we support the president directive on the fight against illicit and second generation liquors to ensure we have a healthy work force’, said Kinuthia.