Japan funds Sh2bn water projects in Kenya

July 10, 2013
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National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich says that the projects will benefit about 60,000 people in Narok and another 80,000 in Baringo County/FILE
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich says that the projects will benefit about 60,000 people in Narok and another 80,000 in Baringo County/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 10 – The government has signed Sh2 billion grant agreements with the Japanese government for construction of two water projects.

The projects include the augmentation of water supply system in Narok Town and drilling of 90 boreholes in Baringo County.

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich says that the projects will benefit about 60,000 people in Narok and another 80,000 in Baringo County.

“The project of augmentation of water supply system in Narok involves construction of facilities that will enhance the water supply system in Narok town and will provide clean water to a population of approximately 60,000 people in Narok Town,” he said.

Rotich said that the project for rural water supply in Baringo County involves the drilling of boreholes which are to be equipped with appropriate pumping facilities, construction of storage tanks and water pipelines and cattle troughs.

“The Baringo project will provide clean and portable water to rural population of approximately 80,000 as well as livestock in Baringo County,” he revealed.

Rotich said that this will contribute to the overall goal of improvement of living conditions in rural communities.

“There is need to support the water sector as it contributes directly to the country’s economic growth and eventual realization of the Vision 2030,” he noted.

On his part, Japanese ambassador to Kenya Toshihisa Takata said the projects will contribute to boosting the rural economy, enhancing human security, empowerment of women and more opportunities in education for children.

Takata said the projects will build a resilient society to shocks caused by the climate change and reducing green house gases emission.

Takata revealed that the project in Baringo will have 90 boreholes out of which 43 will be run by solar power.

“This method is adopted for a practical reason which is to lessen the management costs, but at the same time reduce greenhouse gases emissions,” he added.

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