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Landless Estates get millions to upgrade their water infrastructure.

Kiambu CEC Water, Environment & Social Services Ms. Esther Wanjiru Njuguna seen here launching the drilling of the borehole in Landless Estate on Saturday. She said that the problem of water shortage will be a thing of the past in the next two years.
The County Government of Kiambu has started drilling a KES. 4 million borehole to upgrade Landless- Gatundu Estates’ drinking water infrastructure so as to address a water crisis that has been affecting thousands of households.

The project will enable the area to ‘accelerate and expand’ its water accessibility especially to reach Gatundu-Landless Phase II area that has been experiencing challenges in accessing water.

This was revealed by the CEC Water, Environment & Social Services Ms. Esther Wanjiru Njuguna on Saturday while launching the sinking of the borehole.

“We have allocated KES. 4million towards this project. The money will be utilised in the drilling of the borehole, purchase of the water pump and the installation of electricity among others. Here, we target to produce about 2000 litres of water per hour, which when combined with the usual river water pumped by THIWASCO, will be enough to supply water in the whole area,” said the CEC.

(Related story: THIWASCO Promises Uninterrupted Water Supply Soon.)

She reckoned that since the year 2005, the influx of people into the area had been phenomenon, causing the demand for water to exceed the current supply. She added that the infrastructure would benefit about 3,000 households.

“The amount of water that gets into the pipes from the main treatment plant is no longer enough to be pumped up into these tanks because all of it is consumed domestically into people’s homes leaving nothing for storage. This means that in case of an outage, there will be no water to serve the residents before normalcy is restored,” said Njuguna.   

Njuguna said that THIWASCO was currently working to replace old pipes with larger ones and increasing the existing pipe networks so as to increase the volume of water getting into homes. She advised those with small pipes to liaise with the water provider so as to ensure their pipes were upgraded to accommodate more water.

“Plans are also underway to connect (Landless) Phase II with the main pipe from Athena to enable them access more water through gravity. We are also allocating funds to provide Landless and Riverside areas with a sewerage network that will be directed to a new plant to be put up in Gatuanyaga area,” explained Njuguna.

(See Also: THIWASCO: These are the reasons you missed water for a week.)

She added that plans were at an advanced stage to drill more boreholes in all areas that have an existing water storage tank as a temporary measure before they completed a major infrastructural project at Kariminu in Gatundu North Sub-County that will drain drinking water into Thika Town through gravity.

“In the next two years, the problem of water scarcity in Thika Town will be a thing of the past after the completion of the Kariminu water treatment plant,” concluded the CEC. 

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