Sh4.8 billion dam to end the water woes of Baringo residents

THE COMPLETION of a water dam is expected to alleviate the water woes of residents of Baringo County and parts of Nakuru.

Monday May 13 2013

By FRANCIS MUREITHI

THE COMPLETION of a water dam is expected to alleviate the water woes of residents of Baringo County and parts of Nakuru County.

The Rift Valley Water Services Board’s Sh4.8 billion dam is the largest project to be undertaken in Baringo and is part of the Vision 2030 flagship projects that aim to transform Kenya into a middle income country.

Chemususu Dam in Poror area in Koibatek District has the capacity to hold 12 million cubic metres of water.

Ndakaini Dam in Kiambu has a storage capacity of 70 million cubic metres, which is supplied to the residents of Nairobi and its environs.

According to the Rift Valley Water Services Board chief executive, Mr Japheth Mutai, the dam, which will serve more than 300,000 residents, is currently full.

“The finishing of the project is a big blessing to the residents as it has been completed at the onset of rains and it is now overflowing with water,” he said.

Speaking to Smart Company, Mr Mutai noted that in normal circumstances, it would have taken two rainy season to fill the huge dam.

He said the pumping system has been tested and found to be in good condition and that soon, residents of Eldama Ravine will be the first to enjoy water supply before it is spread to Mogotio and Rongai in the next phase.

With the completion of Chemususu Dam, it now means that Baringo County has two dams as the initial one, Kirandich — with a holding capacity of 4 billion litres, is situated in Kabarnet, Central Baringo.

Construction of Chemususu was undertaken by Nakuru-based contractor, Frabo International Constriction, in collaboration with the water board.

Frabo International CEO Booker Mbugua said the support his company received from the local leaders and the residents enabled the project to be completed in good time.

“I’m happy we have not breached the contract as we have completed the project as we had agreed with the government,” he told Smart Company.

Hundreds of residents from as far as Eldama Ravine town, Torongo, Marigat, and neighbouring Elgeyo Marakwet, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, and Kericho counties have been visiting the dam following the rains that have seen the dam overflow.

Mr Mutai said another Vision 2030 project in Nakuru County is the Itare Dam in Ndoinet area of Mau forest which will serve the more than 1.6 million residents of Nakuru County.

It will have a holding capacity of 30 billion litres when full.

“We have already completed the design work and the construction work will commence any time after June this year,” he said.

The project, which will eliminate water shortage in the cosmopolitan county, will take three years to complete and is scheduled to be operational in 2016.

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