22 December 2012

Kenya: Millions to Get Water in Sh20 Billion Plan for Western

LAKE Victoria North Water Services Board has unveiled a Sh20.5 billion five-year plan to expand access to clean water and sewerage services.

The plan was launched by Gatere Kuria, deputy director of water services at the Ministry of Water, in Kakamega yesterday.

Speaking at the event board chairman Beatrice Sabana said the board seeks to increase accessibility of water and sewerage services from the current 56 per cent to 80 per cent.

The board covers Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga, Uasin Gishu, Trans-Nzoia, parts of Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet with an estimated population of 7 million people.

In the plan, the board seeks to develop ten new water supplies schemes, develop new sewerage and replace current dilapidated sewerage systems.

The plan also includes planned drought intervention programmes funded by World Bank which include supply of storage tanks and mobile treatment units in areas where there is no surface water or underground water is already polluted.

It also covers rehabilitation of Kwanza water supply which is considered a drought zone.

Sabana said the board seeks to invest more in ensuring that it reduces the amount of unaccounted for water from the current over 65 per cent to the internationally accepted 30 per cent.

"We are already sourcing for funds for implementation of the projects. We have already phased them out according to how we intend to undertake them soon as funds are availed," she said.

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