Nyandarua is rehabilitating existing and sinking new boreholes and water pans for improved water access, the County Executive Committee member in charge of Water, Environment, Tourism and Natural Resources Hon. Simon Ng’ang’a has said.
Speaking while overseeing a hydrological survey on five boreholes intended for drilling before June this year in Leshau Pondo Ward, Ndaragwa Sub-County, Hon. Ng’ang’a said the County Government is committed to enhancing water harvesting, storage, distribution and treatment.
“The survey we are carrying out here is a short-term measure for water supply in Ndaragwa. We are focusing on Kiandege, Buyu, Ngai Ndeithia, Ndogino and Kamukunji sites,” he said.
The Mayu borehole, drilled last week, can supply 68,000 liters per hour under natural pressure, without extra pumping.
With four other existing boreholes in the ward, the new sites will sum it up to nine out of the 12 planned for recovery across the entire ward.
“Plans to equip and pipe the boreholes are in place and starting mid-February, we will start distributing water from Umoja and Nyakinyua boreholes,” he said.
Water is part of the third pillar in His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia’s manifesto, which includes infrastructure development in energy; transport and communication; information communication technology; sports; tourism and the environment.
Governor Kimemia’s vision is to implement an integrated water resource management plan for improved access to safe, clean, and affordable water for both domestic and irrigation use.
Challenges he has identified include low per capita consumption of water and poor sanitation; un-potable water from contaminated water wells, polluted rivers and silted dams and water pans; as well as inadequate water storages and a weak distribution system.
Commitments he has made include creating water banks that beef up water reserves for use as a commodity revenue earner through sale to other counties; developing a water and sewer master plan for the County; construction of water treatment works to supply treated water in bulk to neighboring counties and curtail exploitation of extraction of raw water from the County; and ensuring all Non-Revenue Water (NRW) that leaves Nyandarua is paid for by all licensed water service providers.
Urban centers identified for the water and sewer system include Ol’Kalou, Engineer, Njabini, Mairo-Inya, Ndaragwa, Wanjohi, and Ol Joro orok.
The County Government is already partnering with the National Government to accelerate the construction of three planned major dams and associated infrastructure, namely Pessi, Kinja and Malewa.
Present during the survey was area Member of the County Assembly Hon. Kamau Gathungu (Jubilee), Sub-County water officer Ms. Mary Wambui and hydrologists from the National Government.