The ongoing major rehabilitation works at the Kegati water supply plant is nearing completion and residents if Kisii town will get un-interrupted water supply beginning April next year.
The project funded by the German Development Bank (KFW) through Gusii Water and Sanitation Company (GWASCO), is 70 per cent complete according to the company acting Managing Director Osborne Obwaigwa.
The water scheme is a vision 2030 project which will benefit resident of both both Kisii and Nyamira counties.
Once complete, the supply of water in Kisii and its environs will be increased to 27 million liters per day from the current six million liters per day.
“We have seen notable progress in the ongoing works. The increased supply will greatly address water shortage in Kisii town and its environs including Suneka,Nyamataro,Matongo and Kiogoro,”said Obaigwa.
He said that the current water scheme serving Kisii town was established in 1974 with a capacity to supply 6 million liters per day and was designed to serve a population of 7 thousand.
The current population of Kisii town is over 200,000 with daily water demand of 18 million liters per day.
In the project, the construction of a 5-million-liter tank at Bobaracho, 2.5 million storage reservoir at Kegati and another 0.5 million at Nyanguru is already complete.
“We are now puting up a 21,000 cubic meter treatment plant to supplement the existing 6,000 cubic meter treatment plant. Other ongoing constructions of a 2,500cubic meter back water clearing tank, a chemical house, pump house, staff houses and office blocks are nearing completion,” said Obaigwa.
The two-year project which commenced in 2017 is aimed at increasing the volume of water supply, increasing coverage area, expanding sewerage services and improving the Suneka wastewater treatment plant.
The final works in the project such as laying of the supply pipeline is already on course and Obaigwa said the Kisii county government has been instrumental engaging stakeholders in issues like availing and negotiating the wayleave and other forms of public participation.
He added that the county government, through Gwasco also facilitates communication with agencies like KERRA,Kenya Power,KURA and KeNHA in terms of wayleave besides availing documentation like in land access to aid in project implementation.
Obaigwa reiterated that Kisii county governor James Ongwae has been personally committed to ensure the project is finalized in time and has been of great help in facilitating intergovernmental coordination.
“The water will flow as far as Iyabe Sub-County Hospital and market centers like Nyaguta,Nyabioto,Motonto,Kerina, Gesonso, Mosocho, Jogoo, Mwembe, Nyakoe, Egesa, Menyinkwa and Bobaracho among others,” sad the MD.
Obaigwa added that a six inch additional line from Kegati to Keumbu will also be included in the project to help supply water Keumbu,Nyamware,Nyakororo,Nyabisabo among other regions.
He said that upper region areas including Nyamira,Magombo,Kemera,Keroka,Ibacho,Gesusu and Masimba will be supplied from the giant 5 billion shilling Bonyunyu water project the government of Kenya in conjunction with development partners is rolling out through GWASCO.
Acting Resident Project Engineer Silas Cheruiyot indicated that expansion of Suneka sewage plant is ongoing to increase processing capacity from 2,000 cubic meters per day to 4,000 cubic meters per day.
Already works at the sewerage treatment plant including the construction of a facultative pond, two anaerobic ponds, four sludge drying beds and a wet land is underway.
“We are doing a total modification of sewage plant to make it more environmental friendly and so far the work is 54 per cent complete,” said Cheruiyot.