Athi Water Services Board (AWSB) has said the Northern Water Collector Tunnel Project is not a secret project that will bring devastating impact on the environment as alleged.
Board Chief Executive Malaquen Milgo reaffirmed that the Sh6.8 billion project will proceed as planned. “The project is an incredible investment that Kenyans should learn and gather facts about as it is an improvement on science and technology, and a demonstration of how Kenya continues to tap into global standards in health and environmental issues,” Milgo said.
Milgo said the government has prioritised the tunnel project to meet the water needs gap while utilising the existing and new supply distribution streams. Speaking during a press conference in Nairobi recently, Milgo urged partners and stakeholders to support the implementation of the project and other subsequent projects to be implemented under the Nairobi Water master plan.
He said the water collection tunnel will divert flood flows from Maragua, Gikie and Irati rivers into the existing Thika dam. Thereafter, water treatment will be done at Gikoro and subsequently transmitted through 1200mm pipeline to Kabete water reservoirs to ensure that additional inflows are effectively distributed to consumers.
The CEO said there is potential for future additional benefits to Murang’a County and Nairobi County once the project is finalised. The present water deficit in Nairobi city is 125,000 cubic meters daily.
Milgo said over 200,000 residents from Murang’a County will benefit from employment opportunities and while engineering students will be attached to the project to provide knowledge in infrastructure development.
AWSB Chairman Wachira Keen said that the board already owns the document and it has not been hidden from the public and that the piece of the shared document is a part of the whole master plan that only talks about the potential threats of the project.