Mu­rang’a to sink 30 bore­holes – Wairia

Pro­gramme tar­gets more than 300,000

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - ALICE WAITHERA @Alice­wangechi

The Mu­rang’a gov­ern­ment has started sinking 30 bore­holes as the de­bate on the Northern Col­lec­tor Tun­nel con­tin­ues.

Gover­nor Mwangi Wairia said the county will also re­ha­bil­i­tate 30 aban­doned bore­holes.

He said the project aims to pro­vide wa­ter for more than 300,000 res­i­dents in Makuyu, Ithanga, Kakuzi, Kam­biti, Ki­morori Wempa, Kamahuha, Kam­birwa and Ga­turi.

Wairia said the county has set aside Sh500,000 for wa­ter this fi­nan­cial year. He said the project and oth­ers al­ready im­ple­mented will com­ple­ment the na­tional gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to pro­vide wa­ter.

Wairia said the ma­jor­ity of the eight wa­ter projects, which the Athi Wa­ter Ser­vices Board has pledged as com­pen­sa­tion for draw­ing wa­ter from the county, have al­ready started. The projects will cost Sh4.4 bil­lion.

“The Gatanga wa­ter project has al­ready started. An­other project has started to pro­vide wa­ter for Mu­rang’a and Kenol towns and a ma­jor Sh2 bil­lion ir­ri­ga­tion project in Ithanga is at the ten­der­ing stage,” Wairia said.

He said the county will push the na­tional gov­ern­ment to fast-track the con­struc­tion of the tun­nel to en­sure the eight projects are com­pleted as soon as pos­si­ble.

Speak­ing when he toured a bore­hole be­ing dug at Mithini in Makuyu on Sun­day, Wairia said res­i­dents do not want empty prom­ises.

“This is the rea­son we have made our stand very clear, that any­body fight­ing the Northern Col­lec­tor Tun­nel is fight­ing pro­vi­sion of wa­ter to the peo­ple,” he said.

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