The National Government is working round the clock to complete a Ksh1.4 billion water project in Mandera County by November this year.
The project aims at improving productivity and increasing water supply to over 250,000 residents in Mandera town and its environs.
According to Suhufi Agency, the company contracted by the government to oversee the works, the main objective of the project is to increase water supply to Mandera town from a low of 2,000 m³ per day, against a demand of 7,650 m³ per day to 16,000m³ per day, which is the future water demand by the year 2030.
Explaining to members of the County Development Implementation and coordination Committee (CDICC) during an inspection tour led by the county commissioner Onesmus Kyatha, Suhufi agency company agent Joseph Mololo said the project has a capacity to treat more than 16,000 cubic metres per day, it’s storage capacity is 16,037 cubic metres with concrete underground tanks and elevated steel-pressed tanks to cover the entire Mandera town and its environs including Koremey.
Mololo added that upon completion of the project by November 30th 2021, a 317,000-metre pipeline will have been laid.
On his part, the county commissioner said the government was keen on the megaproject because it will be a major game-changer for the majority of women and children in the area, who have to walk long distances in search of the precious commodity.
“The government has always supported you in matters of security to ensure your work is not affected, it’s your turn to make sure this project is completed on time to quench the thirst of Mandera people and end the perennial shortage of water in the region,” said Kyatha.
And as a show of national government commitment, Kyatha and his team promised to be visiting and monitoring the project progress after every two weeks.
When finally completed, the project will improve access, quality, availability and sustainability of water supply services in Mandera town and the surrounding areas with a view to catalyzing economic growth and building resilience against climate change.
Meanwhile, as part of its social corporate responsibility Suhufi agency has constructed two classroom blocks of five classes each at Shafshaffey primary school and two 2-bedroomed staff houses at Burgallas primary school in the county.
Story written by KNA