Athi Water Services Board hopes that the construction of Sh 7 billion pipeline from Murang’a will increase the supply of water for Nairobi residents to 140,000 cubic meters per day.
The company chief executive officer Mr. Malaquen Milgo said that the project, which is set to take two years, will significantly raise supply of water to residential and industrial establishments.
Mr. Milgo said that a contractor for the 11.7 kilometer pipeline financed by the World Bank had been picked and is expected on site once the deal is signed.
The pipeline, measuring 3.2 meters in diameter, will take about 40 months to complete, paving way for another mega project that will completely bridge the water deficit by 2030.
The pipeline will discharge raw water from Mragua, Gikire and Irati rivers to Githika river, which drains its water to Ndakaini dam, a major water source for Nairobi. From Ndakaini, a Ksh 4.8 billion water treatment plant financed by the French Development Agency will be constructed at Kigoro to process the extra water supply.
The plant, which was initially set to be built in Ngororo, 44 kilometers from Ndakaini, was shelved after it emerged that it would cost Ksh3 Billion to acquire the pipeline’s way-leave. The treated water will then be pumped to Ng’ethu Water works for onward supply to the city.