A more than US$ 3.39M Nandi hills town water & sanitation project that is jointly funded by the African Development Bank (ADB) and the national government of Kenya is coming up in the Rift Valley region.
According to Dr. Andrew Tuimur, the East African country’s Water Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), the project is under the town’s sustainable water sanitation program that covers 18 other towns in the country and is set to benefit over 28,000 households once complete.
Scope of the Nandi hills town water and sanitation project
With China Railway No. 10 Engineering Group Ltd as the contractor, the Nandi hills town water and sanitation project entails the establishment of 1,000, 500, and 200 cubic meter water tanks at Kosoiywo, Nandi Bears, and Ket Barak water points respectively.
It also involves the rehabilitation and upgrading of the existing water distribution system within the town, water kiosks, and three ablution blocks, as well as the development of a new water source on Mokong River that will include river water diversion/abstraction structures, a water treatment plant and its support systems, for example, a pumping station, transmission, etc.
Work done on the water and sanitation project so far
Christopher Riugu, the Resident Engineer, informed the team accompanying the CAS that so far the Nandi hills town water and sanitation project whose implementation commenced in January this year is currently at 18 percent complete against a time-lapse of 47 percent and is expected to be complete by July next year.
“We had a challenge due to the delay in right-of-way approval by the Kenya Forest Service, but an invoice has already been issued and the works will start right away,” explained Mr. Riugu.