2nd February, 2021, Nairobi.
Today members drawn from the National Development Implementation Communication Cabinet Committee inspected inspected ongoing Ngong River clean up exercise, water and sanitation projects in Kibera informal settlement.
The Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation through Athi Water Works Development Agency (AWWDA) is implementing various water supply and sanitation projects within Kibera, and other informal settlements in Nairobi City worth 500 Million aimed at increasing water and sanitation coverage.
They inspected Ngong River clean up exercise and Kibera Water and Sanitation Project which entails construction of 20 ablution blocks, unblocking, desilting and rehabilitation of manholes, extension of sewer line to Jamhuri Showground and laying of water supply lines to provide water for the ablution blocks. The project is set to benefit more than 40,000 residents of Kibera.
The interventions are part of the Nairobi City Regeneration Program which aims at improving the quality of water and riparian ecosystem of Nairobi City Rivers. The program involves construction of sanitation blocks to areas where sewerage network in non-existent. It will also see the unblocking and repair of broken sewers to increase access to sanitation and improve the quality of water and riparian ecosystem of Nairobi City Rivers.
AWWDA has also constructed independent community water supply projects to provide clean free water to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Kibera. So far, the Agency has drilled and equipped 16 boreholes and constructed elevated steel tanks, water kiosks and water distribution pipelines producing 2.5 million litres of water per day.
The team then proceeded to inspect the construction of the Nairobi Expressway Project being implemented by Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA). AWWDA is currently relocating water and sewer pipelines worth 3B along the path of the expressway project main corridor so as to ensure the main works contractor proceeds smoothly with minimal interruptions.
The entourage comprised CS Devolution Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, EGH, CS Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works James Macharia, EGH, CS Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development Betty Maina, CBS, CS Tourism Hon. Najib Balala, EGH, AWWDA Manager Water Works Eng. Bonnie Nyandwaro, AWWDA Ag. Manager Sewerage Works Alphaxard Kitheko among other senior officials.
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