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CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the plaque during the launch of the Keroka Water supply and Sanitation project

Lack of safe drinking water and sanitation has a profound effect on health, especially waterborne or diarrhoea diseases, which have a significant impact on children, Environment Water and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

The CS was speaking in Nyangori town on Monday during the Ground breaking of the Keroka Water Supply Project. The program is being implemented in 3 towns of Kericho, Keroka and Isebania at a combined budget of approximately Ksh. 1.32 billion granted by ADB and additional Ksh. 180 million provided by the Government of Kenya as counterpart contribution. The project components include water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, storm water drainage, and capacity building and training.

 CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the plaque during the launch of the Keroka Water supply and Sanitation project

 Prof. Wakhungu said, the Keroka Town water supply and sanitation project we are initiating today is part of the larger “Keroka-Isebania Water Supply and Sanitation Project”. The Keroka Town component is estimated to cost Ksh. 366 million and involves construction of a new water supply system to meet the 20 year demand of water. The system once completed will increase the water production from the current 300m3/day to 3,300m3/day and will serve an ultimate population of 59,400 up from the current 32,500 people. The system will eventually complement the existing system that was recently rehabilitated at a cost of 31 million under the short term intervention under the same programme.

Wakhungu commended the support from African Development Bank (ADB) which has extended to Kenya especially in the water sector over the recent past.  ADB’s assistance has led to development and improvement of water supply infrastructure and water resources management.  Among other projects, ADB has funded Lake Victoria Water Supply and Sanitation Project -Phase Two (LVWATSAN II). This is a grant project to East African Community for its 5 member States with the main objective of improving the health and quality of life of the Lake Victoria Basin population. This is being done through protecting the environment and contributing to the reversal of the lake water pollution through improvement in sustainable water supply and sanitation infrastructure to 15 secondary towns in the Basin.

She said a constitutional and fundamental duty has been placed on the State and every State organ to promote and progressively fulfill the rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights. It is also expected that the provision of the services is monitored, evaluated and reported to the public periodically. Timely and adequate provision of clean water and sanitation services to our people is particularly important given the vulnerability of their situation. They touch every aspect of human activity, from environmental protection to safe drinking water and from empowerment of women and education of girls to the reduction of productivity losses.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu watering a commemorative tree at the site during the launch of the Keroka Water Supply and Sanitation Project

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with the Governor John Nyagarama of Nyamira County at the scene of the launched Keroka Water and Sanitation project

 Prof. Wakhungu said the benefits expected from the anticipated improved water supply are fundamental to the well-being of Keroka residents. Access to safe, clean water opens up a world of possibilities for community development. The wastewater treatment interventions will generate significant benefits for public health, the environment and for certain economic sectors such as fisheries, tourism and property markets

The planned intervention will thus protect the water resources from pollution and facilitate the management of water supply and demand in a sustainable manner. This will ultimately deliver clear and sizeable benefits for both investors in the services and end water users.

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