At least 20,000 residents of Kianjiru and Mbeti location in Gachoka are set to benefit from a 25million piped water project.
Speaking during the project's official opening, area MP Mutava Musyimi said the initiative is between Krep bank who contributed Sh10million, Gachoka CDF which contributed Sh2million and Embu Water and Sewerage Company which gave Sh13million.
Mutava said another Sh5 million is required to install water pipes to benefit the remaining 1,700 people of the area. He said that residents are forced to travel long distances to fetch water while others draw water from the hippopotamus and crocodile infested Seven Folk's dam.
He said water has remained a perennial problem in the area and that is why they have made it a priority. District Commissioner Leyford Kibaara called on residents to support projects that would help improve their living standards. He warned residents against illegal water connections or vandalizing pipes saying anyone found will be punished harshly.