Wed. Oct 16th, 2019

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GWASCO: Residents to benefit from opening of Kegati water project soon

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A file Photo of Kisii Governor James Ongwae and his deputy Joash Maangi at the KEgati water station. PHOTO/GUSII STAR

Over 10,000 residents in Kisii County  will benefit from the Sh 1.6 billion Kegati water project set for official launch in a month’s  time.
Majority of them will be Kisii town residents and those in the suburb townships of Suneka, Keumbu, Itumbe and Mosocho in Kisii
Yesterday, water officials said the upgrading of water system program was on its final phase and will be flagged of in the coming few days
” The project has been going on for the last two years ,” said Osborn Nanga, the director of Gusii Water and Sanitation Company which oversees water services in Kisii and Nyamira counties.

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 “There had been a few hurdles  on the way but am happy we are very final leg and we thank the residents for their understanding,” stated Nanga.
Already piping is complete and the piloting was on, Nanga said  in his office.
The water project was funded by the Dutch government with the bulk of the funds used to new reservoirs and new pipes .
 Kisii town having more than 400,000 residents , many of them have being going without water in their pumps. Also to be done is the replacement of the old sewage systems .
The shortages had been forcing the residents to walk long distances to rivers and springs for the commodity as the project been dragging on. With Water vendors making a killing out of desperate residents and businesses.
 The situation has been  worse in populated Mwembe, Milimani and Jogoo estates and downtown Kisii town itself with those living in estates uphill spending more.
At Mwembe for instance, dozens of women and children with cans mill throughout the night  near two water points till late in the night to fetch water for their consuption.
County water minister Dr Skitter Ocharo separately said the long term plan of the county was  to ensure each household across the County gets water in their homes. She said more boreholes will be dug in selective places in sub-counties to ease shortage among the residents.
“The ultimate plan is to ensure the residents get safe water for consumption in their house holds,” she said.

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