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Kenya to expand Othaya sewerage system

The government of Kenya has announced plans to expand the Othaya sewerage system. Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Water and Sanitation Joseph Irungu revealed the report and said that the government will invest US $598,000 towards the expansion works.

The project, is currently in its third phase and is expected to be completed by July this year. It is under the Small Towns Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Programme. Under the program, the Kenyan government is planning to rehabilitate the drinking water supply system in the towns of Bondo, Siaya, Othaya, Mukurwe-ini, Maua, Kitui, Matuuuu and Kithimani.

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Improving water supply

The pipeline will be laid from the town and cover 8km to the sewerage treatment site. The entire project, which is funded by African Development Bank, will cost more than US $3m. The completion of the sewer system will pave way to desilting Chinga dam. The dam supplies water for consumption for residents of both Othaya and Mukurwe-ini constituencies.

According to Mr. Irungu, it stands on 153 acres but has now accumulated silt with water now remaining on only 50 acres. The first phases will be done this financial year while the subsequent phases will be completed in the coming years. Upon completion, the sewer will be useful to local investors who are building multi-storey houses to meet the growing housing demand.

The project is also expected to improve water supply and access to sanitation in Kenya as the government aims to achieve 70% water coverage by 2022. According to the government, water coverage has increased by 1.5% in 2019.

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