By DC/PR

Construction of Ol’Kalou’s maiden sewerage system is now underway, in a historic first for this devolved unit.

In a colourful ceremony presided over by Cabinet Secretary for Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Hon. Sicily Kariuki and Her Excellency Deputy Governor Cecilia Mbuthia, town residents marveled as the project’s contractor, Sinohydra Corporation Limited, commenced the much-awaited works.

“I sincerely thank His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta who, through the responsible Ministry, has supported this project,” His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia said in remarks delivered on his behalf by the Deputy Governor.

The site was handed over to the contractor on August 6, 2020 by Chief Executive Officer for the Central Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency (CRVWWDA) Eng. Hosea Wendot, outgoing County Commissioner Mr. Boaz Cherutich and County Executive Committee Member for Water, Environment, Tourism and Natural Resources Hon. Milkah Wanjiru.

Works for the KShs. 684 million project on a 20-acre piece of land at Mathathi are expected to take a year.

Funded by the African Development Bank under the Kenya Towns Sustainable Water and Sanitation Supply Project, the project will serve over 60,000 households of Ol’Kalou town and its environs in Kaimbaga, Karau and Rurii wards.

The project’s water component entails trunk sewers, lateral lines, sewage treatment, waste stabilization ponds with a total capacity of about 3,300 cubic metres per day, an ablution block, over 500 sewer consumer connections, water distribution pipelines, laboratory construction, among others.

The County Government Headquarter is also a beneficiary.

The project’s conception and adoption was through a consultative process, culminating in it being captured in Governor Kimemia’s manifesto and second County Intergrated Development Plan (2018-2022).

It further supports his administration’s urban agenda, following the establishment of Ol’Kalou Municipality, under which an elaborate water and sewerage system is a legal requirement.

The project is also expected to create employment and aid in property value appreciation.

“I urge all residents of this Municipality and our County at large to fully support this project and prepare to take advantage of it in every way,” added the Governor.

To complement the initiative, the County head has established various water projects and waste management initiatives, especially within Ol’Kalou town.

For instance, Muiri, Kianda, Munyeki, and Karau-Kahuho boreholes in Karau Ward are now operational.

In Kaimbaga Ward, Mumbi, Bahati and Mwireri boreholes are complete.

Other developments in the Municipality include ongoing rehabilitation of the Gilgil-Nyahururu metre gauge railway, construction of Ol’Kalou Stadium, market infrastructure upgrades, parking and walk ways, street lighting, among other initiatives to place the town at par with other well established Kenyan urban centers.

This week’s release and gazettement of a further 742 undisputed plots by the County Government in the second phase of land audits in Ol’Kalou – bringing the total to 2,315 – is also expected to spur investment in the town.

With the support of the President, similar urban renewal is expected for Engineer, Njambini, Miharati, Kasuku, Mairo-Inya and Ndaragwa Central towns.

The Head of State has further committed to give 10 boreholes for Ol’Kalou, Pesi and Kinja dams, in addition to backing construction of Rutara dam in Kanjuiri, Karagoini water project in Ndaragwa and irrigation projects in each sub-county.

Hon. Kariuki and the Deputy Governor later visited Wang’ombe and Dothua boreholes in Kanjuiri, in addition to Mirangine borehole.

Present was Speaker of the County Assembly Hon. Ndegwa Wahome, Hon. Wanjiru, Eng. Wendot, his board chairman Brig. (Rtd). Stephen Njung’e, Ol’Kalou legislator Hon. David Kiaraho, alongside members of the County Assembly Hon. Samuel Mathu (Mirangine Ward), Hon. Gabriel Gathure (Kaimbaga Ward), Hon. Suleiman Kimani (Kanjuiri-Ridge), Hon. Ken Mukira (Karau Ward) and Hon. John Githinji (Geta Ward).