KDF sinks a 130m deep borehole at Thika’s Landless area in record 2 days.


The Kenya Defense Forces Engineers Brigade (Thika Barracks) has sank a 130m deep borehole at Landless area in a record two days.

The borehole has a capacity to supply 12m³ (12,000 litres) of water per hour, translating to about 15,000m³ (15 million litres) of water daily.

The project is as a result of a request by the area residents, through the area MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina who approached KDF Engineers Brigade to drill the borehole.

While speaking during the handing over ceremony, the Commander Engineer Brigade Brigadier Stephen Radina acknowledged that the project would go a long way to alleviate the acute shortage of water in the area.

He promised to work with the community around to undertake more projects of such magnitude in future.

On his part, Wainaina thanked the KDF for accepting to the community’s request.

“I hope we keep this partnership going as this will help in solving some of the teething issues that bother the residents of Thika.

Jungle Foundation donated Ksh. 700, 000 towards helping in the logistics and operations of the drilling process as the KDF provided the machinery and labour force. Thika Water and Sewerage Company (THIWASCO) on its part offered the necessary technical assistance.

After the drilling, the next task is to procure a pump, erect a tank and secure the area, a process that will cost about Ksh. 4 million.


Thika Landless areas, just as majority of the areas on the downwards side of Thika town have been experiencing very acute water shortages.

Data from THIWASCO indicate that the company produces about 41,000m³ (41 million litres) of water daily against a consumer demand of 56,000m³ (56 million litres).
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