Ol’Kalou’s dry taps may soon be a thing of the past, following intervention by the World Bank and the County Government of Nyandarua.
Erratic water supplies in recent times have strained every day life for households, government offices, businesses and farms.
Today, however, the County Government began working with the World Bank to carry out a feasibility study for a dam on Nyairoko River.
When built, the dam could store adequate water for supply beyond a year without refills.
“We are currently undertaking a site survey for the proposed dam with a consulting firm from Italy which was engaged by our donor, the World Bank,” said the County Executive Committee member in charge of Water, Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. (Eng.) Simon Ng’ang’a.
The town, also the County Government headquarters, usually gets water from River Malewa, which provides less than a third of the expected water demand.
The County Government is drilling eight more boreholes on the outskirts of the town as a temporary solution.
Ol’Kalou currently has four wells, which have been strained by prolonged dry spells.
“We are currently drilling three boreholes in Karau Ward, three in Kaimbaga Ward and two in Rurii Ward. They will be connected to the Ol’Kalou pipe network to supply water during dry spells as we undertake construction of the dam,” said Hon. Ng’ang’a.
His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia is working to ensure water shortages across Nyandarua are fully addressed.