The County Government of Trans Nzoia has moved in to allay fears the much anticipated Kiptogot-Kolongolo water project will stall following President Uhuru directive issued recently halting the launch of new projects until earlier ones are completed.
County Executive Committee Member in charge of Water Environment and Natural Resources in the County Maurice Lokwaliwa assured residents that the Kiptogot – Kolongolo water scheme as well as the expansion of the Kabolet water project will be rolled out as scheduled.
Lokwaliwa said that tendering process for the water project had been done and that it is currently at the evaluation stage. He said the contract will be within the next one month and works will commence in January.
The CEC revealed that the current water supply in the county stands at 35 per cent and said the county government was putting strategies in place to ensure adequate water supply.
He said upon completion of the two water projects, probably by 2020, access to the precious commodity in the county will increase to about
50 per cent.
At least 70,000 residents of Endebess and Kwanza sub-counties are expected to benefit from the Kiptogot – Kolongolo water project that will be pumped through gravity scheme.
“The Kiptogot – Kolongolo water project is estimated to cost Sh. 1.2 billion and will supply water to residents of Endebbess and Kwanza sub counties,” said Lokwaliwa.
He further disclosed that another scheme drawing water from the Cherangany hills will double water supply from the current 10,000 cubic meters per day to 20,000 cubic meters in the same period.
Lokwaliwa also revealed that the county government has plans to rehabilitate the Nzoia River scheme so that water can be pumped from it.
“Our main problem with the Nzoia River has been pumping water which has been very costly in terms of power consumption due to use of electricity. But we are proposing to use the solar energy,” he said.
Lokwaliwa pointed out that a small solar firm will be established within the treatment works that will be used in pumping water from river Nzoia.
The water CEC observed that with increased flow from the river, the project will be expanded towards the areas of Moi’s bridge to increase coverage as well as in parts of Kiminini sub-county.
Water from Cherangany hills is supplied to parts of Cherangany sub-county and Kitale town while the Kiptogot – Kologolo gravity water project that draws from Mt Elgon is expected to cover Endebess and Kwanza sub-counties.
Rehabilitation of River Nzoia and establishment of a solar water system will provide access to water for residents in Saboti and Kiminini sub-ounties.
The CEC also said that the county government is in the process of rehabilitating sewerage system in Kitale and its environs and increase coverage to over 70 per cent.
He disclosed that the expansion of the sewerage will cover areas of St.Joseph’s National School, Gatua, Kibomet, Lessos and Matisi where there is a huge populaion.
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