Uhuru to launch Nairobi's stalled Sh6.8bn water project

Thursday February 18 2016

Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa. The CS has asked top Western Kenya politicians to forget the presidency. He spoke a day after Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula announced his bid for the top seat. PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI

Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa. PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI  NATION MEDIA GROUP

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The multibillion-shilling Northern Collector Water Tunnel that will be able to supplying Nairobi residents with an additional 140,000 cubic metres will be launched in a matter of weeks.

According to Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, the Sh6.8 billion project that has been dogged with delays will finally take off once President Uhuru Kenyatta launches it.

The Athi Water Services Board (AWSB) project was blocked last year after Murang’a County leaders opposed it over environmental concerns.

“We are doing the best to resolve the issues and it is only a matter of weeks before the President gives a date for the groundbreaking,” the Water CS Eugene Wamalwa said at a press briefing on the preparations for the African Water Association (AfWA) congress which I set to kick off next week.

Nairobi Governor, Evans Kidero said the Capital City is behind its schedule to meet its water demand.


He said the county which is producing 550,000 cubic meters of water daily will need 1.2 million cubic meters of water in the next four years. The County also wants to extend its sewer line by 170 kilometers to cater for the expanding urban population.

According to the Mistry of Water, only Kisumu out of the three Kenyan cities is water secure until the year 2032. Mombasa and Nairobi have insufficient infrastructure and water resources to meet their demands.Nairobi will play host to over 1,500 delegates drawn from across Africa for the five day scientific and technical AfWA congress.

This is the 18th biannual forum after it was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire which brings together operators, professionals, and decision makers from various parts of the world to discuss sustainability issues and the challenges facing Africa in the area of water, sanitation and the environment.