By Obegi Malack
Kajiado North and Kajiado West Sub-counties will be the first sub-counties in Kajiado county to benefit from Thika Dam in Ndakaini.
The Sh2 billion National Government project whose implementation is overseen by Athi Water Works Development Agency (AWWDA) is scheduled for completion in 2022. The project is funded by Germany and Kenyan government.
The water will flow to Nairobi County through Kajiado County. A 20,000 cubic metre storage tank has already been constructed in Embakasi and the project contractor China Jiangxi International Company has begun putting up water pipes in the sub-counties.
Mbagathi water will be restored to original capacity of 2,000 cubic metre per day, a new pipeline will bring in 5,000 cubic metre per day, Kiserian dam will supply 3,000 to 9,000 cubic metre per day and 20 boreholes will be drilled in Kiserian and Ongata Rongai environs Ngong is not in the programme
Oloolaiser Water and Sewerage Company (OWSC) Board chairperson, Patrick Mugo says the project will solve the water crisis in the region whose population is rapidly growing. More than 8,000 households will be connected once the project is completed.
In Kajiado North pipelines have already been installed in Gataka road and Magadi road through Karen.
The storage tanks will be built in OWSC Gataka site and in Nakeel area with capacity of 5000 cubic metres each. There will be another storage tank in Maasai Lodge that will be constructed by Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).
Other storage tanks will be built in Narumoru Keekonyokie Ward in Kajiado West, Kiserian and in Lemelepo (Olkeri Ward).
Drilling of boreholes will also be done in areas that OWSC does not supply water to.
The Ndakaini water will solve water challenges that have faced the region for a long time. Locals are currently forced to spend a lot of money to get water from private boreholes.
The OWSC which is delegated to supply water in the region has been operating on losses, with huge electricity bills.
In 2020 the company held a consultative meeting with stakeholders to increase water tariffs.
Company Managing Director Dickson Ntikoisa said the water tariffs had not been reviewed for five years.
Ntikoisa said the review is because of increase in cost of living. He said the proposed new tariff will see the company’s revenue grow and enable it meet cost of operations.