Mega water project in Kenya’s Kericho County to continue

Mega water project in Kenya's Kericho County to continue

A major water project in Kericho will now continues following the compulsory acquisition of 10 acres of land from the Unilever Tea Company.

Kericho County governor Paul Chepkwony says that the Kimugu Water Project located near Brooke Trading Centre will be a major relief for residents who have been facing water problems over the years.

“Once the project is complete Kericho Water and Sanitation Company (Kewasco) will double supply of water to 22m litres daily from the 13m litres currently.

According to Professor Chepkwony, the new project will bring an end to water supply interruptions experienced in the past and allow Kewasco to expand its customer base, all with a view to ensure that more than 70% of Kericho County has access to clean drinking water.

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The governor said the Kimugu project will be implemented concurrently with the $23.4m Kusumek Water Project in Bureti Constituency which has been worst hit by water shortage. Kusumek project will be a big relief to more than 40,000 residents of Bureti served by Tililbei Water Company.

Every 3 among 10 people worldwide lack access to clean water at home, a new joint report by World Health Organisation (WHO) and Unicef shows. This translates to 2.1Bn people. Of the world’s total population, another six out of 10 or 4.5Bn people lack safely managed sanitation, according to the report.

The joint report which gives 2017 update on Sustainable Development Goals, presents the first global assessment of “safely managed” drinking water and sanitation services. Its overriding conclusion is that too many people still lack access, particularly in rural areas.