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US $65.28m northern water collector tunnel to boost Nairobi water supply

The Northern Water Collector Tunnel will increase the water supply to Nairobi by 140m litres; this according to the Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko. The construction of the US $65.28m tunnel will reach completion next year.
Gov. Sonko said this will boost water supply to the county which receives 520m litres against a demand of 750m litres. According to him, the meeting proved successful. This is in a bid to seek for a lasting and permanent solution to the water problem in Nairobi.
Some of the officials present at the meeting include the Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation Eugene Wamalwa and Nairobi and Water Sewerage Company Chief Executive Engineer Nahashon Munguna. The Athi Water Chief Executive Engineer Michael Thuita as well as Nairobi County Executive Committee for Finance Veska Kangongo were also present. Acting County Secretary Leboo ole Morintat also sat through the successful meeting.


Water supply
According to the Governor, an additional 100m litres or more will be supplied to the city through the construction and completion of Karimeni 2 and Ruiru 2 dams. The Northern Water Collector tunnel is also in line with Vision 2030 to ensure improvement on water services in Nairobi, Kiambu and Muranga Counties.
Karimenu II Dam will have a daily capacity of 76,000 cubic metres. It will also sustain demand for areas like Kiambu, Juja, Ruiru, and the Export Processing Zones.
The completion of the dam will ease pressure on Ndakaini, Sasumua, and Ruiru dams. The three supply fresh water to Nairobi and its environs. Sonko also said he will partner with the Water and Irrigation Ministry. The partnership will aid in drilling at least one borehole in every ward in Nairobi. They agreed to request the National Government through the Equalization Fund to subsidize water. This will help citizens from the informal sector within Nairobi access water.

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