Hundreds of residents in Movoko, Machakos County, are poised to benefit from a major water project aimed to ease scarcity.

The Sh2.7 billion Mavoko drinking water project by the Belgium and Kenyan governments is expected to supplement the current rationed water supply with 12,000 cubic metre per day supply.

Speaking when he inspected the mega project Wednesday, Ministry of Water and Sanitation Principal Secretary Joseph Irungu said it will be complete by March 18, 2021. He termed it would end the perennial water shortage within the Athi River township and neighboring areas. He also said they will ensure more than 20,000 residents will have fresh drinking water to supplement the available supply.

The ministry has 22 running projects. The Principal Secretary also inspected Syokimau Reservoir Tank, East African Portland Cement Company Dam, Mavoko Water Treatment Plant, KMC Dam and Mavoko Contractor’s Storage Yard. Residents expressed hope that the project will end their woes.

” Last year the ministry banned private companies from selling water to members of public in both Kitengela and Athi River towns. The idea was to protect residents from unscrupulous vendors who used to mint millions.

Currently, residents queue for long hours at numerous water kiosks run by Mavoko Water and Sewerage Company.

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