A sanitation crisis is looming in Kieni Constituency following a directive by the Government to stop water abstractions within rivers originating from Mt. Kenya forest pending audit of all water intakes.
The move by Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelgui was sought to get rid of all illegal water intakes following an outcry from locals that rivers were fast drying up as a result of unregulated water intakes and wanton destruction of the forest.
The initiative by the Government is meant to provide solutions to thousands of people living downstream who complain they don’t get water due to illegal channel by others up stream.
The destruction of the illegal water intakes has sparked protests from locals who are demanding for the restoration of their water they say is the main source of their livelihood.
Led by Kieni MP Kanini Kega, area residents have vowed to go ahead and reconnect their water should the two key ministries fail to heed to their cry.
The legislator saying that a health crisis is looming in the area as majority of schools that solely rely on water supply from the rivers were on the verge of closure.
Warazo-Lusoi Water Project Chair, John Waachira says the situation has affected agricultural activities with crops that were already in the farm wilting.
Area residents now calling on the Government to oversee the construction of mega dams top resolve the perennial problem of water shortage.