In an attempt to supply 140 million litres of water per day to the capital city Nairobi, a US$ 743m water collector tunnel will be constructed in Murang’a County, Kenya. This was confirmed by Athi Water Service Board Chief Executive Officer, Malaquen Milgo. He stated that the initiative would help to increase water supply to the residents of Nairobi.
Acording to him, water will be drawn from flood flows in Irati, Gikigie and Maragua rivers in Murang’a County and then directed to Thika Dam after which the water will be channeled to the new water collector tunnel. Part of the work will involve construction of flood water diversion structures on these rivers, as well as laying of pipelines.
“We contracted GIBB Africa Ltd to undertake an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment to ensure that only flood water is channelled into the tunnel and that downstream demand is not impacted by the project,” Milgo said.
This project which is expected to begin in February will take approximately 3 years to be completed. Another ongoing water project in Kenya is the Migwani Water Project in Kitui Country through the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.