Dry taps will soon be a thing of the past, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has said.
Speaking when he launched the County’s water drilling programme at Manunga Primary School in Kipipiri Sub-County this afternoon, Governor Kimemia said his vision to implement an Integrated Water Resource Management Plan is finally taking shape.
The plan, touted ahead of his election last August, called for improved access to safe, clean and affordable water for both domestic and irrigation use.
Governor Kimemia said the countywide drilling is in response to low per capita consumption of water and poor sanitation, coupled with un-portable water from contaminated water wells, polluted rivers, silted dams and water pans.
“Our action today is, for most of our people, a welcome rest from years of thirst in a land of plenty,” he said.
Supported by the National Government and its lead agencies, the drilling comes amidst a biting drought in parts of Nyandarua, with limited or no infrastructure for water provision.
The County head noted that inadequate storage and distribution systems have worsened the situation.
“It has been a shame, really, because – in the words of Chinua Achebe – we cannot live on the banks of the river Niger yet wash our hands in spittle,” he added.
Governor Kimemia said the drilling will be followed by creation of water banks to beef up water reserves for use as a commodity revenue earner through sale to other Counties.
The County Government has recently embarked on rehabilitating existing boreholes and water pans for improved water access; enhanced water harvesting and associated storages; distribution networks and treatment plants.
During yesterday’s County Dialogue in Ol’Kalou town, Governor Kimemia said treatment works are in the pipeline to supply clean water in bulk to neighboring counties and curtail exploitation of extraction of raw water from the County.
The National Government is already accelerating construction of three planned major dams and associated infrastructure – namely Pessi, Kinja and Malewa.
Governor Kimemia said this will be followed by a reliable Water, Sewerage and Waste Water System for – among others – Ol’Kalou, Engineer, Njabini, Mairo-Inya, Ndaragwa, Wanjohi, and Ol Joro orok towns.
“We will ensure all Non-Revenue Water (NRW) that leaves Nyandarua is paid for by all licensed water service providers,” he concluded.